Big Eight Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year

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Big Eight Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year
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Given forthe most outstanding basketball player in the Big Eight Conference
CountryUnited States
First award1957
Final award1996
Most recentJacque Vaughn, Kansas

The Big Eight Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year was an annual basketball award given to the Big Eight Conference's most outstanding player. The award was first given following the 1956–57 season and concluded after the 1995–96 season (the Big Eight disbanded and was re-formed into the present day Big 12 Conference). From 1960 through 1967 no award was given out. Wayman Tisdale of Oklahoma and Danny Manning of Kansas are the only players to have received the award three times. Manning was also the consensus National Player of the Year in 1988. Six other players won the award twice, last performed by Bryant Reeves of Oklahoma State (1993/95).

Missouri claimed the most winners with eight, followed by Kansas, Kansas State and Oklahoma with seven apiece.


Co-Players of the Year
* Awarded a national Player of the Year award:
Helms Foundation College Basketball Player of the Year (1904–05 to 1978–79)
UPI College Basketball Player of the Year (1954–55 to 1995–96)
Naismith College Player of the Year (1968–69 to present)
John R. Wooden Award (1976–77 to present)
Player (X) Denotes the number of times the player has been awarded the Big 8 Player of the Year award at that point


Wayman Tisdale is one of two players to win the award three times.
Jacque Vaughn was the last player to ever win a Big Eight POY award.
Season Player School Position Class
1956–57 Gary Thompson Iowa State G Senior
1957–58 Bob Boozer Kansas State F Junior
1958–59 Bob Boozer (2) Kansas State F Senior
1960–67 No Player of the Year selected
1967–68 Donald Smith Iowa State C / PF Senior
1968–69 Cliff Meely Colorado C Sophomore
1969–70 Dave Robisch Kansas C Junior
1970–71 Cliff Meely (2) Colorado C Senior
Dave Robisch (2) Kansas C Senior
1971–72 Bud Stallworth Kansas SG Senior
1972–73 Lon Kruger Kansas State G Junior
1973–74 Lon Kruger (2) Kansas State G Senior
1974–75 Alvan Adams Oklahoma C Junior
1975–76 Willie Smith Missouri PG / SG Senior
1976–77 Kim Anderson Missouri SF Senior
Mike Evans Kansas State SG / PG Junior
1977–78 Mike Evans (2) Kansas State SG / PG Senior
1978–79 John McCullough Oklahoma SG / SF Senior
1979–80 Rolando Blackman Kansas State SG Junior
1980–81 Andre Smith Nebraska C Senior
1981–82 Ricky Frazier Missouri SF Senior
1982–83 Steve Stipanovich Missouri C Senior
Wayman Tisdale Oklahoma PF Freshman
1983–84 Wayman Tisdale (2) Oklahoma PF Sophomore
1984–85 Wayman Tisdale (3) Oklahoma PF Junior
1985–86 Danny Manning Kansas PF Sophomore
1986–87 Danny Manning (2) Kansas PF Junior
1987–88 Danny Manning* (3) Kansas PF Senior
1988–89 Stacey King Oklahoma C / F Senior
1989–90 Doug Smith Missouri F Junior
1990–91 Byron Houston Oklahoma State SF Junior
Doug Smith (2) Missouri F Senior
1991–92 Anthony Peeler Missouri SG Senior
1992–93 Bryant Reeves Oklahoma State C Sophomore
1993–94 Melvin Booker Missouri PG Senior
1994–95 Ryan Minor Oklahoma F Junior
Bryant Reeves (2) Oklahoma State C Senior
1995–96 Jacque Vaughn Kansas PG Junior

Winners by school[edit]

For clarification of each school's membership history, see the Big Eight membership timeline.
School (year joined) Winners Years
Missouri (1907) 8 1976, 1977, 1982, 1983, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1994
Kansas (1907) 7 1970, 1971, 1972, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1996
Kansas State (1913) 7 1958, 1959, 1973, 1974, 1977, 1978, 1980
Oklahoma (1919) 7 1975, 1979, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1989, 1995
Oklahoma State (1958) 3 1991, 1993, 1995
Colorado (1947) 2 1969, 1971
Iowa State (1910) 2 1957, 1968
Nebraska (1921) 1 1981

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