Michigan State Basketball: Most B1G Player of the Year Winners

No school has more Big Ten Player of the Year winners than Michigan State University.
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Year after year, the Big Ten is one of the most competitive conferences in college basketball, despite not bringing home a national title since 2000 when Michigan State bested Florida 89-76. 

Over time, the conference has seen some highly talented players come through their respective universities.

None more than Michigan State, who has the most individuals ever to win the Big Ten Player of the Year Award since it began during the 1984-85 season. 

Big Ten POY Winners by University

Cassius Winston

· Michigan State: 9

· Ohio State: 7

· Indiana: 6

· Michigan: 5

· Purdue: 4

· Illinois: 3

· Wisconsin: 3

· Iowa: 1

Michigan State Big Ten POY Winners

Denzel Valentine senior year 2015.  Photo courtesy of Starr Portice.

Denzel Valentine senior year 2015. Photo courtesy of Starr Portice.

Season PlayerPositionClass

1985-86

Scott Skiles

Point Guard

Senior

1994-95

Shawn Respert

Shooting Guard 

Senior

1997-98

Mateen Cleaves

Point Guard

Sophomore

1998-99

Mateen Cleaves

Point Guard

Junior

1999-00

Morris Peterson

Small Forward

Senior

2008-09

Kalin Lucas

Point Guard

Sophomore

2011-12

Draymond Green

Small Forward

Senior

2015-16

Denzel Valentine

Shooting Guard

Senior

2018-2019

Cassius Winston

Point Guard

Junior

Eight athletes have won the award while simultaneously being named National Player of the Year by a major outlet including Glenn Robinson (Purdue, 1994), Evan Turner (OSU, 2010), Trey Burke (Michigan, 2013), Draymond Green (MSU, 2012), Frank Kaminsky (Wisconsin, 2015), and Denzel Valentine (MSU, 2016). 

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