Big South Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year

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Big South Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year
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Given forThe most outstanding basketball player in the Big South Conference.
CountryUnited States
First award1986
Most recentChris Clemons, Campbell

The Big South Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year is an annual college basketball award given to the Big South Conference's most outstanding player. The award was first given following the 1985–86 season, the first year the league competed in basketball competition.[n 1]

The most notable recipient of the Big South Player of the Year Award is Tony Dunkin. Dunkin, a 6'7" (2.01 m) small forward, played for the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers from 1989 to 1993 and won the award all four seasons.[1][2] He is the only NCAA Division I men's basketball player to ever earn four conference player of the year awards.[1][2]

Coastal Carolina, which left the Big South for the Sun Belt Conference after the 2015–16 season,[3] has the most all-time awards with nine and individual winners with five. Among current members, High Point has the most awards with five, while High Point and Winthrop have the most individual winners with four each. The only established Big South members without any winners are three of the six newest members of the conference—Presbyterian (joining in 2007), Gardner–Webb (2008), and Longwood (2012). Although Campbell's current tenure in the Big South dates only to 2011, it has three winners from its first conference tenure (1983–1994). Hampton and USC Upstate will play their first Big South seasons in 2018–19.


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 South Player of the Year award at that point


Stan Okoye of VMI won the award in 2012–13.
Chris Clemons of Campbell won in 2018–19 while also leading the nation in scoring.
Season Player School Position Class
1985–86 Fred McKinnon Winthrop F Senior
1986–87 Clarence Grier Campbell F Senior
1987–88 Derek Wilson Coastal Carolina PF / C Junior
1988–89 Henry Wilson Campbell C Senior
1989–90 Tony Dunkin Coastal Carolina SF Freshman
1990–91 Tony Dunkin (2) Coastal Carolina SF Sophomore
1991–92 Tony Dunkin (3) Coastal Carolina SF Junior
1992–93 Tony Dunkin (4) Coastal Carolina SF Senior
1993–94 Joe Spinks Campbell SF Senior
1994–95 Eric Burks Charleston Southern PG Senior
1995–96 T. L. Latson Charleston Southern SF Senior
1996–97 Josh Pittman UNC Asheville SG Junior
1997–98 Josh Pittman (2) UNC Asheville SG Senior
1998–99 Kevin Martin UNC Asheville SF Senior
1999–00 Jason Williams Radford F Junior
2000–01 Torrey Butler Coastal Carolina SF Junior
2001–02 Greg Lewis Winthrop PF Senior
2002–03 Torrey Butler (2) Coastal Carolina SF Senior
2003–04 Danny Gathings High Point PF Junior
2004–05 Pele Paelay Coastal Carolina SG Junior
2005–06 Jack Leasure Coastal Carolina PG / SG Sophomore
2006–07 Arizona Reid High Point PF Junior
2007–08 Arizona Reid (2) High Point PF Senior
2008–09 Artsiom Parakhouski Radford C Junior
2009–10 Artsiom Parakhouski (2) Radford C Senior
2010–11 Jesse Sanders Liberty PG Junior
2011–12 Matt Dickey UNC Asheville PG Senior
2012–13 Stan Okoye VMI PF Senior
2013–14 John Brown High Point PF Sophomore
2014–15 Saah Nimley Charleston Southern PG Senior
2015–16 John Brown (2) High Point PF Senior
2016–17 Keon Johnson Winthrop G Senior
2017–18 Xavier Cooks[4] Winthrop G/F Senior
2018–19 Chris Clemons[5] Campbell PG Senior

Winners by school[edit]

School (year joined) Winners Years
Coastal Carolina (1983)[n 2] 9 1988, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2006
High Point (1999) 5 2004, 2007, 2008, 2014, 2016
Campbell (1983/2011)[n 3] 4 1987, 1989, 1994, 2019
UNC Asheville (1984) 4 1997, 1998, 1999, 2012
Winthrop (1983) 4 1986, 2002, 2017, 2018
Charleston Southern (1983) 3 1995, 1996, 2015
Radford (1983) 3 2000, 2009, 2010
Liberty (1991)[n 4] 1 2011
VMI (2003)[n 5] 1 2013
Gardner–Webb (2008) 0
Hampton (2018)[n 6] 0
Longwood (2012) 0
Presbyterian (2007) 0
USC Upstate (2018)[n 6] 0


  1. ^ The Big South Conference was formed in 1982–83 but did not compete in varsity basketball until 1985–86.
  2. ^ Coastal Carolina left in 2016 for the Sun Belt Conference.
  3. ^ Campbell University left in 1994 to join the Trans America Athletic Conference, now legally known as the Atlantic Sun Conference and branded as the ASUN Conference. The Fighting Camels returned to the Big South in 2011.
  4. ^ Liberty University left in 2018 to join the ASUN Conference.
  5. ^ Virginia Military Institute (VMI), which joined the Big South from the Southern Conference in 2003, returned to the SoCon in 2014.
  6. ^ a b Hampton University and the University of South Carolina Upstate (USC Upstate) will join the Big South in 2018.


  • "History" (PDF, pg. 20). 2009–10 Big South Conference Men's Basketball Media Guide. Big South Conference. Retrieved 16 April 2010.
  1. ^ a b "25th Anniversary Profile: Tony Dunkin". Big South Men's Basketball. Big South Conference. 6 January 2009. Retrieved 16 April 2010.
  2. ^ a b Staff (15 March 1993). "College basketball: Team-by-team Look At Ncaa Men's Tournament → West Regional". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 16 April 2010.
  3. ^ "Coastal Carolina to Join Sun Belt Conference" (Press release). Sun Belt Conference. September 1, 2015. Retrieved September 8, 2015.
  4. ^ "Big South Announces 2017-18 Men's Basketball Award Winners" (Press release). Big South Conference. February 26, 2018. Retrieved February 26, 2018.
  5. ^ "Big South Announces 2018-19 Men's Basketball Award Winners". Big South Conference. March 4, 2019. Retrieved March 4, 2019.