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WCC Men's Basketball Player of the Year
Awarded forthe most outstanding basketball player in the West Coast Conference
CountryUnited States
First awarded1953
Currently held byCorey Kispert, Gonzaga

The West Coast Conference (WCC) Men's Basketball Player of the Year is a basketball award given to the most outstanding men's basketball player in the West Coast Conference. The award was first given following the 1952–53 season, when the conference was known as the California Basketball Association. There have been four ties in its history, most recently in 2006–07 between Sean Denison of Santa Clara and Derek Raivio of Gonzaga. There have also been 13 repeat-winners, but only one—Bill Cartwright—has been Player of the Year three times.

Four schools in the West Coast Conference have dominated the total awards distribution. Before 2000, Pepperdine, San Francisco and Santa Clara had earned the bulk of the awards. The rise of Gonzaga to national prominence in the 21st century has been accompanied by a strong dominance of this award. Starting with the 2000–01 season, Gonzaga players have won the award outright 14 times and shared the award once. Gonzaga now claims the most winners with 18, while each of the three other schools are tied for the second most with 11 winners apiece. The next closest school, Saint Mary's, has eight.

Key[]

Co-Players of the Year
* Awarded a national Player of the Year award:
the Naismith College Player of the Year or the John R. Wooden Award
Player (X) Denotes the number of times the player has received the Player of the Year award

Winners[]

File:Bill Russell - 2005 NBA Legends Tour - 1-21-05.jpg

USF's Bill Russell went on to become the winningest NBA champion in history.

File:John Stockton - Utah.jpg

John Stockton of Gonzaga is the NBA's all-time assists and steals leader.

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Steve Nash, a former Santa Clara Bronco, is a two-time NBA Most Valuable Player.

Ronny Turiaf

Ronny Turiaf is now playing for the New York Knicks.

Adam Morrison

As a junior in 2005–06, Gonzaga's Adam Morrison lead the nation scoring at 28.1 points per game.

File:JeremyPargoGonzaga.jpg

Jeremy Pargo (right) won the award in 2008. He is the brother of NBA player Jannero Pargo.

Season Player School Position Class Reference
1952–53 Sears, KenKen Sears Santa Clara Power forward Sophomore
1953–54 None selected
1954–55 Sears, KenKen Sears (2) Santa Clara Power forward Senior
1955–56 Russell, BillBill Russell San Francisco Center Senior
1956–57 Farmer, MikeMike Farmer San Francisco Power forward Junior
1957–58 Farmer, MikeMike Farmer (2) San Francisco Power forward Senior
1957–58 Wright, LeroyLeroy Wright Pacific Power forward Junior
1958–59 Doss, LaRoyLaRoy Doss Saint Mary's Senior
1958–59 Wright, LeroyLeroy Wright (2) Pacific Power forward Senior
1959–60 Grote, JerryJerry Grote Loyola Marymount Shooting guard/Point guard Sophomore
1960–61 Meschery, TomTom Meschery Saint Mary's Power forward Senior
1961–62 Dinnel, HarryHarry Dinnel Pepperdine Small forward/Shooting guard Junior
1961–62 Gray, SteveSteve Gray Saint Mary's Guard Junior
1962–63 Gray, SteveSteve Gray (2) Saint Mary's Guard Senior
1963–64 Johnson, OllieOllie Johnson San Francisco Center Junior
1964–65 Johnson, OllieOllie Johnson (2) San Francisco Center Senior
1965–66 Swagerty, KeithKeith Swagerty Pacific Forward Junior
1966–67 Swagerty, KeithKeith Swagerty (2) Pacific Forward Senior
1967–68 Adelman, RickRick Adelman Loyola Marymount Shooting guard Senior
1968–69 Awtrey, DennisDennis Awtrey Santa Clara Center Junior
1969–70 Awtrey, DennisDennis Awtrey (2) Santa Clara Center Senior
1970–71 Gianelli, JohnJohn Gianelli Pacific Center/Power forward Sophomore
1971–72 Stewart, MikeMike Stewart Santa Clara Center
1972–73 Averitt, William "Bird"William "Bird" Averitt Pepperdine Point guard Senior
1973–74 Oleynick, FrankFrank Oleynick Seattle Shooting guard Junior
1974–75 Sobers, RickyRicky Sobers UNLV Guard Senior
1975–76 Leite, MarcosMarcos Leite Pepperdine Power forward Senior
1976–77 Cartwright, BillBill Cartwright San Francisco Center Sophomore
1977–78 Cartwright, BillBill Cartwright (2) San Francisco Center Junior
1978–79 Cartwright, BillBill Cartwright (3) San Francisco Center Senior
1979–80 Rambis, KurtKurt Rambis Santa Clara Small forward Senior
1980–81 Dailey, QuintinQuintin Dailey San Francisco Shooting guard Sophomore
1981–82 Dailey, QuintinQuintin Dailey (2) San Francisco Shooting guard Junior
1982–83 Phillips, OrlandoOrlando Phillips Pepperdine Center
1982–83 Suttle, DaneDane Suttle Pepperdine Guard
1983–84 Stockton, JohnJohn Stockton Gonzaga Point guard Senior
1984–85 Polee, DwayneDwayne Polee Pepperdine Small forward/Shooting guard
1985–86 Polee, DwayneDwayne Polee (2) Pepperdine Small forward/Shooting guard
1986–87 Thompson, ScottScott Thompson San Diego Center Senior
1987–88 Middlebrooks, LevyLevy Middlebrooks Pepperdine Small forward Senior
1988–89 Gathers, HankHank Gathers Loyola Marymount Power forward Junior
1989–90 Kimble, BoBo Kimble Loyola Marymount Point guard Senior
1990–91 Christie, DougDoug Christie Pepperdine Shooting guard Junior
1991–92 Christie, DougDoug Christie (2) Pepperdine Shooting guard Senior
1992–93 Jones, DanaDana Jones Pepperdine Small forward Junior
1993–94 Brown, JeffJeff Brown Gonzaga Center Senior
1994–95 Nash, SteveSteve Nash Santa Clara Point guard Junior
1995–96 Nash, SteveSteve Nash (2) Santa Clara Point guard Senior
1996–97 Garnett, MarlonMarlon Garnett Santa Clara Guard Senior
1997–98 Hendrix, BakariBakari Hendrix Gonzaga Power forward Senior
1998–99 Schraeder, EricEric Schraeder Saint Mary's Power forward Senior
1999–00 Jones, KenyonKenyon Jones San Francisco Center Senior
2000–01 Calvary, CaseyCasey Calvary Gonzaga Small forward Senior
2001–02 Dickau, DanDan Dickau Gonzaga Point guard Senior
2002–03 Stepp, BlakeBlake Stepp Gonzaga Shooting guard Junior
2003–04 Stepp, BlakeBlake Stepp (2) Gonzaga Shooting guard Senior
2004–05 Turiaf, RonnyRonny Turiaf Gonzaga Center Senior
2005–06 Morrison, AdamAdam Morrison Gonzaga Shooting guard Junior
2006–07 Denison, SeanSean Denison Santa Clara Forward Senior
2006–07 Raivio, DerekDerek Raivio Gonzaga Point guard/Shooting guard Senior
2007–08 Pargo, JeremyJeremy Pargo Gonzaga Point guard Junior
2008–09 Bryant, JohnJohn Bryant Santa Clara Center Senior
2009–10 Bouldin, MattMatt Bouldin Gonzaga Point guard Senior [1]
2010–11 McConnell, MickeyMickey McConnell Saint Mary's Point guard Senior
2011–12 Dellavedova, MatthewMatthew Dellavedova Saint Mary's Point guard Junior
2012–13 Olynyk, KellyKelly Olynyk Gonzaga Center Junior
2013–14 Haws, TylerTyler Haws BYU Shooting guard Junior
2014–15 Pangos, KevinKevin Pangos Gonzaga Point guard Senior
2015–16 Collinsworth, KyleKyle Collinsworth BYU Point guard Senior
2016–17 Williams-Goss, NigelNigel Williams-Goss Gonzaga Point guard Junior
2017–18 Landale, JockJock Landale Saint Mary's Center Senior
2018–19 Hachimura, RuiRui Hachimura Gonzaga Power forward Junior
2019–20 Petrušev, FilipFilip Petrušev Gonzaga Power forward Sophomore [1]
2020–21 Kispert, CoreyCorey Kispert Gonzaga Small forward Senior [2]

Winners by school[]

School (year joined) Winners Years
Gonzaga (1979) 18 1984, 1994, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2010, 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019, 2020, 2021
Pepperdine (1955) 11 1962, 1973, 1976, 1983 (×2), 1985, 1986, 1988, 1991, 1992, 1993
San Francisco (1952) 11 1956, 1957, 1958, 1964, 1965, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1981, 1982, 2000
Santa Clara (1952) 11 1953, 1955, 1969, 1970, 1972, 1980, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2007, 2009
Saint Mary's (1952) 8 1959, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1999, 2011, 2013, 2018
Pacific (1952/2013)[a] 5 1958, 1959, 1966, 1967, 1971
Loyola Marymount (1955) 4 1960, 1968, 1989, 1990
BYU (2011) 2 2014, 2016
San Diego (1979) 1 1987
Seattle (1971)[b] 1 1974
UNLV (1969)[c] 1 1975
Portland (1976) 0

Footnotes[]

  • a The University of the Pacific left in 1971 and returned in 2013.
  • b Seattle University left in 1980 to become a Division II school (they have since re-entered Division I).
  • c The University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) left in 1975 and is now a member of the Mountain West Conference.

References[]

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