West Coast Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year
The West Coast Conference (WCC) Men's Basketball Player of the Year is a basketball award given to the most outstanding men's basketball player in the West Coast Conference. The award was first given following the conference's inaugural 1952–53 season, when it was known as the California Basketball Association. The only season in which the award was not presented was the conference's second season of 1953–54. There have been four ties in the award's history, most recently in 2006–07 between Sean Denison of Santa Clara and Derek Raivio of Gonzaga. There have also been 13 repeat winners, but only one—Bill Cartwright of San Francisco—has been Player of the Year three times.
|WCC Men's Basketball Player of the Year|
|Given for||the most outstanding basketball player in the West Coast Conference|
|Most recent||Rui Hachimura, Gonzaga|
Four schools in the West Coast Conference have dominated the total awards distribution. Before 2000, Pepperdine, San Francisco and Santa Clara had earned the bulk of the awards. Since then, Gonzaga has claimed a near-monopoly on it. In the 16 seasons from 2000–01 to the present, coinciding with the Bulldogs' rise to national prominence, Gonzaga players have won the award outright 12 times and shared the award once. Gonzaga now claims the most winners with 15, while each of the three other schools are tied for the second most with 11 winners apiece. The next closest school, Saint Mary's, has eight. One current member has yet to have a winner (Portland).
|†||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 WCC Player of the Year award at that point|
Winners by schoolEdit
|School (year joined)||Winners||Years|
|Gonzaga (1979)||16||1984, 1994, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007†, 2008, 2010, 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019|
|Pepperdine (1955)||11||1962†, 1973, 1976, 1983 (×2)†, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1991, 1992, 1993|
|San Francisco (1952)||11||1956, 1957, 1958†, 1964, 1965, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1981, 1982, 2000|
|Santa Clara (1952)||11||1953, 1955, 1969, 1970, 1972, 1980, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2007†, 2009|
|Saint Mary's (1952)||8||1959†, 1961, 1962†, 1963, 1999, 2011, 2012, 2018|
|Pacific (1952/2013)[a]||5||1958†, 1959†, 1966, 1967, 1971|
|Loyola Marymount (1955)||4||1960, 1968, 1989, 1990|
|BYU (2011)||2||2014, 2016|
|San Diego (1979)||1||1987|
|Fresno State (1955)[d]||0||—|
|San Jose State (1952)[f]||0||—|
|UC Santa Barbara (1964)[g]||0||—|
- a The University of the Pacific left in 1971 to join its football team in the Pacific Coast Athletic Association (PCAA), now known as the Big West Conference. Pacific had been a charter PCAA member for football only in 1969. The school, which dropped football in 1995, rejoined the WCC in 2013.
- b Seattle University left in 1980 to become an NAIA school. It has since rejoined the NCAA, first as a Division II school and now in Division I, and is now a member of the Western Athletic Conference (WAC).
- c The University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) left in 1975 to become a Division I independent. UNLV is now a member of the Mountain West Conference (MW).
- d California State University, Fresno, more commonly known as Fresno State, spent two seasons as a dual member of the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) and the then-WCAC. The Bulldogs returned to exclusive CCAA membership in 1957, and are now in the MW.
- e The University of Nevada, Reno (Nevada) left in 1979 for the Big Sky Conference. The Wolf Pack are now in the MW.
- f San Jose State University left in 1969 to become a founding member of the PCAA. The Spartans are now in the MW.
- g The University of California, Santa Barbara left in 1969 to become a founding member of the PCAA. Apart from a two-year stint in the mid-1970s in which they were independent, the Gauchos have remained in the PCAA/Big West to this day.
- "WCC Men's Basketball History" (PDF). West Coast Conference. 2008. p. 26. Retrieved 14 September 2009.
- "WCC Announces 2018-19 Men's Basketball All-Conference Team" (Press release). West Coast Conference. March 5, 2019. Retrieved March 5, 2019.