Helms Foundation College Basketball Player of the Year

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Helms Athletic Foundation College Basketball Player of the Year
Given forthe national men's college basketball player of the year
CountryUnited States
First award1905
Final award1979

The Helms Foundation College Basketball Player of the Year was an annual basketball award given to the most outstanding intercollegiate men's basketball player in the United States. The award was first given following the 1904–05 season and ceased being awarded after the 1978–79 season. It was the first major most valuable player (MVP) award for men's basketball in the United States, and the Helms Athletic Foundation was considered within the basketball community to be the authority on men's college basketball for that era. Thus, the award was viewed as the premier player of the year award one could receive up until the 1960s, at which point the Naismith College Player of the Year and John R. Wooden Award took over as the national season MVP awards.


Co-Players of the Year
* Elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
Player (X) Denotes the number of times the player has been awarded the Player of the Year award at that point


Christian Steinmetz was the inaugural winner of the award in 1905.
Paul Endacott, the 1923 awardee, is also in the Hall of Fame.
Bill Russell is the only winner from San Francisco.
Lew Alcindor (later Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) was the only three-time winner.
Bill Walton of UCLA was awarded in 1972 and 1973.
Larry Bird was the final recipient of the award in 1979.
Season Player School Position Class
1904–05 Christian Steinmetz* Wisconsin F
1905–06 George Grebenstein Dartmouth F Junior
1906–07 Gilmore Kinney Yale F Senior
1907–08 Charles Keinath Pennsylvania F Junior
1908–09 John Schommer* Chicago C Senior
1909–10 Harlan "Pat" Page Chicago G Senior
1910–11 Ted Kiendl Columbia F Senior
1911–12 Otto Stangel Wisconsin F
1912–13 Eddie Calder St. Lawrence F
1913–14 Gil Halstead Cornell C Senior
1914–15 Ernest Houghton Union (NY) Senior
1915–16 George Levis Wisconsin F Senior
1916–17 Ray Woods Illinois G Senior
1917–18 Bill Chandler Wisconsin C Senior
1918–19 Erling Platou Minnesota G Junior
1919–20 Howard Cann* NYU Senior
1920–21 George Williams Missouri C Senior
1921–22 Chuck Carney Illinois C Senior
1922–23 Paul Endacott* Kansas G Senior
1923–24 Charlie T. Black Kansas G Senior
1924–25 Earl Mueller Colorado College C Senior
1925–26 Jack Cobb North Carolina F Senior
1926–27 Vic Hanson* Syracuse F Senior
1927–28 Victor Holt Oklahoma C Senior
1928–29 John "Cat" Thompson* Montana State F Junior
1929–30 Chuck Hyatt* Pittsburgh G Senior
1930–31 Bart Carlton Ada Teachers College
1931–32 John Wooden* Purdue G Junior
1932–33 Forest Sale Kentucky F / C Senior
1933–34 Wesley Bennett Westminster (PA) C Senior
1934–35 Leroy Edwards Kentucky C Sophomore
1935–36 John Moir Notre Dame F Sophomore
1936–37 Hank Luisetti Stanford F Sophomore
1937–38 Hank Luisetti* (2) Stanford F Junior
1938–39 Chet Jaworski Rhode Island F Senior
1939–40 George Glamack North Carolina C Junior
1940–41 George Glamack (2) North Carolina C Senior
1941–42 Stan Modzelewski Rhode Island G / F Senior
1942–43 George Senesky Saint Joseph's G Senior
1943–44 George Mikan* DePaul C Junior
1944–45 George Mikan* (2) DePaul C Senior
1945–46 Bob Kurland* Oklahoma A&M C Senior
1946–47 Gerald Tucker Oklahoma C Senior
1947–48 Ed Macauley* Saint Louis C Junior
1948–49 Tony Lavelli Yale F Senior
1949–50 Paul Arizin* Villanova F Senior
1950–51 Dick Groat Duke G Junior
1951–52 Clyde Lovellette* Kansas F / C Senior
1952–53 Bob Houbregs* Washington C Senior
1953–54 Tom Gola* La Salle G / F Senior
1954–55 Bill Russell* San Francisco C Junior
1955–56 Bill Russell* (2) San Francisco C Senior
1956–57 Lennie Rosenbluth North Carolina F Senior
1957–58 Elgin Baylor* Seattle F / C Junior
1958–59 Oscar Robertson* Cincinnati G Junior
1959–60 Oscar Robertson* (2) Cincinnati G Senior
1960–61 Jerry Lucas* Ohio State F / C Junior
1961–62 Paul Hogue Cincinnati C Senior
1962–63 Art Heyman Duke G Senior
1963–64 Walt Hazzard UCLA G Senior
1964–65 Bill Bradley* Princeton G / F Senior
1964–65 Gail Goodrich* UCLA G Senior
1965–66 Cazzie Russell Michigan G / F Senior
1966–67 Lew Alcindor* UCLA C Sophomore
1967–68 Lew Alcindor* (2) UCLA C Junior
1968–69 Lew Alcindor* (3) UCLA C Senior
1969–70 Pete Maravich* LSU G Senior
1969–70 Sidney Wicks UCLA F / C Junior
1970–71 Austin Carr Notre Dame G Senior
1970–71 Sidney Wicks (2) UCLA F / C Senior
1971–72 Bill Walton* UCLA C Junior
1972–73 Bill Walton* (2) UCLA C Senior
1973–74 David Thompson* NC State G / F Junior
1974–75 David Thompson* (2) NC State G / F Senior
1975–76 Kent Benson Indiana C Junior
1975–76 Scott May Indiana F Senior
1976–77 Marques Johnson UCLA G Senior
1977–78 Jack Givens Kentucky G / F Senior
1978–79 Larry Bird* Indiana State F Senior


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