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The Adolph F. Rupp Trophy was an award given annually to the top player in men's Division I NCAA basketball until 2015. The recipient of the award was selected by an independent panel consisting of national sportswriters, coaches, and sports administrators. The trophy was presented each year at the site of the Final Four of the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship.[1][2][3][4]

Adolph F. Rupp Trophy
Given forthe nation's top NCAA Division I men's basketball player
CountryUnited States
Presented byCommonwealth Athletic Club of Kentucky
First award1972
Final award2015

The Adolph F. Rupp Trophy was administered by the Commonwealth Athletic Club of Kentucky, a non-profit organization with a primary mission of honoring the legacy of University of Kentucky coach Adolph Rupp. Three winners of the award have been freshmen: Kevin Durant of Texas in 2007, John Wall of Kentucky in 2010 and Anthony Davis of Kentucky in 2012.



Bill Walton, one of only two 3-time winners (1972–74)
Shaquille O'Neal, 1991 winner
J. J. Redick, 2005 and 2006 winner
Frank Kaminsky was the last winner of the award, earning it in 2015.
Player (X) Denotes the number of times the player has been awarded the Adolph Rupp Trophy at that point
Season Player School Position Class
1971–72 Bill Walton UCLA Center Sophomore
1972–73 Bill Walton (2) UCLA Center Junior
1973–74 Bill Walton (3) UCLA Center Senior
1974–75 David Thompson NC State Shooting guard / Small forward Senior
1975–76 Scott May Indiana Forward Senior
1976–77 Marques Johnson UCLA Guard / Forward Senior
1977–78 Butch Lee Marquette Point guard Senior
1978–79 Larry Bird Indiana State Small forward Senior
1979–80 Mark Aguirre DePaul Small forward Sophomore
1980–81 Ralph Sampson Virginia Center Sophomore
1981–82 Ralph Sampson (2) Virginia Center Junior
1982–83 Ralph Sampson (3) Virginia Center Senior
1983–84 Michael Jordan North Carolina Shooting guard Junior
1984–85 Patrick Ewing Georgetown Center Senior
1985–86 Walter Berry St. John's Power forward Senior
1986–87 David Robinson Navy Center Senior
1987–88 Hersey Hawkins Bradley Shooting guard Senior
1988–89 Sean Elliott Arizona Small forward Senior
1989–90 Lionel Simmons La Salle Small forward Senior
1990–91 Shaquille O'Neal LSU Center Sophomore
1991–92 Christian Laettner Duke Forward Senior
1992–93 Calbert Cheaney Indiana Small forward Senior
1993–94 Glenn Robinson Purdue Small forward / Power forward Sophomore
1994–95 Joe Smith Maryland Center Sophomore
1995–96 Marcus Camby UMass Center Junior
1996–97 Tim Duncan Wake Forest Center Senior
1997–98 Antawn Jamison North Carolina Small forward Junior
1998–99 Elton Brand Duke Center Sophomore
1999–00 Kenyon Martin Cincinnati Power forward Senior
2000–01 Shane Battier Duke Small forward / Shooting guard Senior
2001–02 Jason Williams Duke Point guard Junior
2002–03 David West Xavier Power forward Senior
2003–04 Jameer Nelson Saint Joseph's Point guard Senior
2004–05 J. J. Redick Duke Shooting guard Junior
2005–06 J. J. Redick (2) Duke Shooting guard Senior
2006–07 Kevin Durant Texas Small forward Freshman
2007–08 Tyler Hansbrough North Carolina Power forward Junior
2008–09 Blake Griffin Oklahoma Power forward Sophomore
2009–10 John Wall Kentucky Point guard Freshman
2010–11 Jimmer Fredette BYU Point guard Senior
2011–12 Anthony Davis Kentucky Center Freshman
2012–13 Victor Oladipo Indiana Shooting guard Junior
2013–14 Doug McDermott Creighton Small forward Senior
2014–15 Frank Kaminsky Wisconsin Power forward Senior


  1. ^ "Adolph F. Rupp Trophy". Retrieved 16 March 2014.
  2. ^ "Halstead High School | Rupp 2013". Archived from the original on 16 March 2014. Retrieved 16 March 2014.
  3. ^ "Durant honored with prestigious Rupp Trophy". Retrieved 16 March 2014.
  4. ^ "Calipari, Wall Earn Historical Adolph Rupp Awards". Retrieved 16 March 2014.
  5. ^ "Rupp Trophy Winners". Retrieved 16 March 2014.

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