Chip Hilton Player of the Year Award

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The Chip Hilton Player of the Year Award was presented to a men's college basketball player who was a senior and who had demonstrated strong personal character both on and off the court, similar to the fictional Chip Hilton character depicted by Hall of Fame coach Clair Bee in the classic Chip Hilton series of sports stories.

The NCAA had given the national award since 1997 to a Division I player who demonstrated outstanding character, leadership, integrity, humility, sportsmanship and talent. The award has evidently ceased to be given out following 2011 as no 2012 announcements were ever made.


Tim Duncan of Wake Forest won in 1997.
Shane Battier of Duke won in 2001.
Gerry McNamara of Syracuse won in 2006.
Season Player School
1996–97 Tim Duncan Wake Forest
1997–98 Hassan Booker Navy
1998–99 Tim Hill Harvard
1999–00 Eduardo Nájera Oklahoma
2000–01 Shane Battier Duke
2001–02 Juan Dixon Maryland
2002–03 Brandon Miller Butler
2003–04 Emeka Okafor[a] Connecticut
2004–05 Ronald Ross Texas Tech
2005–06 Gerry McNamara Syracuse
2006–07 Acie Law IV Texas A&M
2007–08 Mike Green Butler
2008–09 Jon Brockman Washington
2009–10 Román Martínez New Mexico
2010–11 Charles Jenkins Hofstra


  • a Okafor graduated as a finance major in only three years. He was a senior academically in 2003–04, but was still considered a junior as it related to his athletic eligibility.