Atlantic 10 Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year
The Atlantic 10 Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year is a basketball award given to the Atlantic 10 Conference's (A–10) most outstanding player. The award was first given following the conference's inaugural 1976–77 season, when the conference was officially known as the Eastern Collegiate Basketball League but popularly known as the Eastern 8. David West of Xavier is the only player to have won the award three times (2001–03). Four other players—James Bailey, Earl Belcher, Greg Jones and Steven Smith—have won the award twice. Two players—Marcus Camby (1996) and Jameer Nelson (2004)—have also won the award in the same season that they were named the Naismith College Player of the Year or received the John R. Wooden Award, the nation's two most prestigious men's college basketball awards.
|A–10 Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year|
|Given for||the most outstanding basketball player in the Atlantic 10 Conference|
|Most recent||Jón Axel Guðmundsson, Davidson|
As of 2018, Temple has the most all-time winners with ten, but the Owls left for the American Athletic Conference in July 2013. Among schools remaining in the conference beyond 2013, Saint Joseph's and UMass have the most winners, with five each. There have been three ties in the award's history (1983, 2005, 2018). Four current member schools have had no winners—Dayton, Fordham, George Mason, and VCU. However, of these schools, only Dayton and Fordham were A-10 members before 2012.
|†||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 A-10 Player of the Year award at that point|
Winners by schoolEdit
|School (year joined)||Winners||Years|
|Temple (1982)[b]||10||1984, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1993, 1994, 1997, 2000, 2013|
|Saint Joseph's (1982)||5||1986, 2004, 2005†, 2009, 2016|
|UMass (1976)||5||1992, 1995, 1996, 2007, 2008|
|Rutgers (1976)[c]||4||1978, 1979, 1983†, 1991|
|St. Bonaventure (1979)||4||1980, 1981, 2012, 2018†|
|Xavier (1995)[d]||4||2001, 2002, 2003, 2011|
|Davidson (2014)||3||2015, 2018†, 2019|
|La Salle (1995)||2||2005†, 2006|
|Rhode Island (1980)||2||1990, 1998|
|Richmond (2001)||2||2010, 2017|
|West Virginia (1976)[c]||2||1982, 1983|
|George Washington (1976)||1||1999|
|Saint Louis (2005)||1||2014|
|George Mason (2013)||0||—|
- The 2018–19 award winner is properly referred to as Jón Axel. He is a native of Iceland, in which the standard naming system does not include family names, instead using one or more given names followed by a patronymic (as in his case) or sometimes a matronymic.
- Temple University left in 2013 to join the American Athletic Conference (The American).
- Rutgers University and West Virginia University left in 1995 to join their football teams in the original Big East. Rutgers remained in The American in the 2013–14 season before leaving for the Big Ten Conference. West Virginia left in 2012 to join the Big 12 Conference.
- Xavier University and Butler University left in July 2013 to join the current Big East Conference, the latter after only one season in the A–10.
- Duquesne University left the A–10 for the Midwestern Collegiate Conference during the 1992–93 academic year, but returned the following season.
- The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, known for sports purposes as Charlotte, left in 2013 for Conference USA.