Ohio Valley Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year
the most outstanding basketball player in the Ohio Valley Conference
Currently held by
Evan Bradds, Belmont
The Ohio Valley Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year is an annual basketball award given to the Ohio Valley Conference's (OVC) most outstanding player. The award was first given following the 1962–63 season.
Thirteen players in OVC history have claimed more than one player of the year award, the most recent of whom was Isaiah Canaan, sole winner in 2011–12 and co-winner in 2012–13. Among the repeat winners, only one—Clem Haskins of Western Kentucky—has been a three-time player of the year. Haskins achieved the feat from 1965 through 1967.
Murray State dominates the award's selection, as it has 18 winners (more than doubling what second-most Western Kentucky has with seven). Of current OVC members, only Jacksonville State and SIU Edwardsville have had no winners. Both schools are relatively new to the conference, respectively joining in 2003 and 2008. However, the conference's newest member, Belmont, had a player win at least a share of the award in both of its first two seasons in the league (2012–13 and 2013–14).
Four ties have occurred for player of the year: 1968, 1976, 1983 and 2013. No Ohio Valley Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year has ever been selected as any national player of the year.
3 Winners by school
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)
Denotes the number of times the player has been awarded the OVC Player of the Year award at that point
Marcus Brown, the winner in 1995 and 1996, later played in the EuroLeague.
Bud Eley took home player of the year in 1999 while at Southeast Missouri State.
Trenton Hassell won as a junior in 2001.
Sergent, HaroldHarold Sergent
Jennings, JimJim Jennings
Haskins, ClemClem Haskins