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Helms Foundation College Basketball Player of the Year

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The Helms Foundation College Basketball Player of the Year was an annual basketball award given to the most outstanding intercollegiate men's basketball player in the United States. The award was first given following the 1904–05 season and ceased being awarded after the 1978–79 season. It was the first major most valuable player (MVP) award for men's basketball in the United States, and the Helms Athletic Foundation was considered within the basketball community to be the authority on men's college basketball for that era. Thus, the award was viewed as the premier player of the year award one could receive up until the 1960s, at which point the Naismith College Player of the Year and John R. Wooden Award took over as the national season MVP awards.

Helms Athletic Foundation College Basketball Player of the Year
Given forthe national men's college basketball player of the year
CountryUnited States
First award1905
Final award1979


Co-Players of the Year
* Elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
Player (X) Denotes the number of times the player has been awarded the Player of the Year award at that point


Christian Steinmetz was the inaugural winner of the award in 1905.
Paul Endacott, the 1923 awardee, is also in the Hall of Fame.
Bill Russell is the only winner from San Francisco.
Lew Alcindor (later Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) was the only three-time winner.
Bill Walton of UCLA was awarded in 1972 and 1973.
Larry Bird was the final recipient of the award in 1979.
Season Player School Position Class
1904–05 Christian Steinmetz* Wisconsin Forward
1905–06 George Grebenstein Dartmouth Forward Junior
1906–07 Gilmore Kinney Yale Forward Senior
1907–08 Charles Keinath Pennsylvania Forward Junior
1908–09 John Schommer* Chicago Center Senior
1909–10 Harlan "Pat" Page Chicago Guard Senior
1910–11 Ted Kiendl Columbia Forward Senior
1911–12 Otto Stangel Wisconsin Forward
1912–13 Eddie Calder St. Lawrence Forward
1913–14 Gil Halstead Cornell Center Senior
1914–15 Ernest Houghton Union (NY) Senior
1915–16 George Levis Wisconsin Forward Senior
1916–17 Ray Woods Illinois Guard Senior
1917–18 Bill Chandler Wisconsin Center Senior
1918–19 Erling Platou Minnesota Guard Junior
1919–20 Howard Cann* NYU Senior
1920–21 George Williams Missouri Center Senior
1921–22 Chuck Carney Illinois Center Senior
1922–23 Paul Endacott* Kansas Guard Senior
1923–24 Charlie T. Black Kansas Guard Senior
1924–25 Earl Mueller Colorado College Center Senior
1925–26 Jack Cobb North Carolina Forward Senior
1926–27 Vic Hanson* Syracuse Forward Senior
1927–28 Victor Holt Oklahoma Center Senior
1928–29 John "Cat" Thompson* Montana State Forward Junior
1929–30 Chuck Hyatt* Pittsburgh Guard Senior
1930–31 Bart Carlton Ada Teachers College
1931–32 John Wooden* Purdue Guard Junior
1932–33 Forest Sale Kentucky Forward / Center Senior
1933–34 Wesley Bennett Westminster (PA) Center Senior
1934–35 Leroy Edwards Kentucky Center Sophomore
1935–36 John Moir Notre Dame Forward Sophomore
1936–37 Hank Luisetti Stanford Forward Sophomore
1937–38 Hank Luisetti* (2) Stanford Forward Junior
1938–39 Chet Jaworski Rhode Island Forward Senior
1939–40 George Glamack North Carolina Center Junior
1940–41 George Glamack (2) North Carolina Center Senior
1941–42 Stan Modzelewski Rhode Island Guard / Forward Senior
1942–43 George Senesky Saint Joseph's Guard Senior
1943–44 George Mikan* DePaul Center Junior
1944–45 George Mikan* (2) DePaul Center Senior
1945–46 Bob Kurland* Oklahoma A&M Center Senior
1946–47 Gerald Tucker Oklahoma Center Senior
1947–48 Ed Macauley* Saint Louis Center Junior
1948–49 Tony Lavelli Yale Forward Senior
1949–50 Paul Arizin* Villanova Forward Senior
1950–51 Dick Groat Duke Guard Junior
1951–52 Clyde Lovellette* Kansas Forward / Center Senior
1952–53 Bob Houbregs* Washington Center Senior
1953–54 Tom Gola* La Salle Guard / Forward Senior
1954–55 Bill Russell* San Francisco Center Junior
1955–56 Bill Russell* (2) San Francisco Center Senior
1956–57 Lennie Rosenbluth North Carolina Forward Senior
1957–58 Elgin Baylor* Seattle Forward / Center Junior
1958–59 Oscar Robertson* Cincinnati Guard Junior
1959–60 Oscar Robertson* (2) Cincinnati Guard Senior
1960–61 Jerry Lucas* Ohio State Forward / Center Junior
1961–62 Paul Hogue Cincinnati Center Senior
1962–63 Art Heyman Duke Guard Senior
1963–64 Walt Hazzard UCLA Guard Senior
1964–65 Bill Bradley* Princeton Guard / Forward Senior
1964–65 Gail Goodrich* UCLA Guard Senior
1965–66 Cazzie Russell Michigan Guard / Forward Senior
1966–67 Lew Alcindor* UCLA Center Sophomore
1967–68 Lew Alcindor* (2) UCLA Center Junior
1968–69 Lew Alcindor* (3) UCLA Center Senior
1969–70 Pete Maravich* LSU Guard Senior
1969–70 Sidney Wicks UCLA Forward / Center Junior
1970–71 Austin Carr Notre Dame Guard Senior
1970–71 Sidney Wicks (2) UCLA Forward / Center Senior
1971–72 Bill Walton* UCLA Center Junior
1972–73 Bill Walton* (2) UCLA Center Senior
1973–74 David Thompson* NC State Guard / Forward Junior
1974–75 David Thompson* (2) NC State Guard / Forward Senior
1975–76 Kent Benson Indiana Center Junior
1975–76 Scott May Indiana Forward Senior
1976–77 Marques Johnson UCLA Guard Senior
1977–78 Jack Givens Kentucky Guard / Forward Senior
1978–79 Larry Bird* Indiana State Forward Senior


  • "Helms Foundation Player of the Year Winners". Sports Reference LLC. 2010. Archived from the original on June 19, 2014. Retrieved December 7, 2010.
  • Bjarkman, Peter (1996). Hoopla: A Century of College Basketball. Masters Press. ISBN 1-57028-039-8.