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Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award

Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award
Awarded for the most outstanding male and female college basketball players no taller than 6'0" (1.83 m) and 5'8" (1.73 m), respectively
Country United States
Presented by NABC (men)
WBCA (women)
First awarded 1969 (men)
1984 (women)
Last awarded 2014

The Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award was an annual college basketball award in the United States intended to honor shorter-than-average players who excelled on the court despite their size.[1] The award, named in honor of James Naismith's daughter-in-law, was established for men in 1969 and for women in 1984. The men's award was presented to the nation's most outstanding senior who is 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) or shorter, while the women's award was presented to the top senior who is 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m) or shorter. Early in the women's award's history, the cut-off height was 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m). The men's award was selected by a panel from the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC), while the women's was selected by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA).[1] The award was discontinued following the 2013–14 season.[2]

The Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award was restricted to players who competed in NCAA Division I competition, but in the past it was open to all NCAA levels. For the men's winners, John Rinka from Kenyon College (1970), Mike Schieb from Susquehanna University (1978) and Jerry Johnson from Florida Southern College were winners from Division II (NCAA), Division III, and Division II, respectively. For the women's winners, Julie Dabrowksi of New Hampshire College (1990) and Amy Dodrill (1995) and Angie Arnold (1998), both from Johns Hopkins University, were also winners from Division III.

Only three schools from the list of men's winners (Louisville, St. John's and UCLA) and six schools from the list of women's winners (Baylor, Connecticut, Gonzaga, Johns Hopkins, Notre Dame, and Penn State) had multiple award winners. Of these programs, the only one with winners in consecutive seasons is the Louisville men's program (Peyton Siva in 2013 and Russ Smith in 2014). Five other schools have had winners of both the men's and women's awards: California, Eastern Michigan, NC State, Purdue, and Virginia.


  • Key 1
  • Winners 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4


       *        Awarded a national Player of the Year award:
the Naismith College Player of the Year and/or the John R. Wooden Award (and/or the Wade Trophy for women)


Earl Boykins, at 5'5" (1.65 m) is the third-shortest male to win the award.
Becky Hammon is the WAC's all-time leading scorer.
Jameer Nelson was dually named the National Player of the Year in 2004.
2011 women's winner Courtney Vandersloot at the Inaugural WBCA Award Show
Year Player College Height
1968–69 Keller, BillyBilly Keller Purdue 5'10" (1.78 m)
1969–70 Rinka, JohnJohn Rinka Kenyon 5'9" (1.75 m)
1970–71 Johnson, CharlieCharlie Johnson California 6'0" (1.83 m)
1971–72 Martin, ScottScott Martin Oklahoma 6'0" (1.83 m)
1972–73 Sherwin, RobertRobert Sherwin Army 5'11" (1.80 m)
1973–74 Robinson, MikeMike Robinson Michigan State 5'11" (1.80 m)
1974–75 Towe, MonteMonte Towe NC State 5'7" (1.70 m)
1975–76 Alagia, FrankFrank Alagia St. John's 5'10" (1.78 m)
1976–77 Jonas, JeffJeff Jonas Utah 6'0" (1.83 m)
1977–78 Schieb, MikeMike Schieb Susquehanna 5'8" (1.73 m)
1978–79 Byrd, AltonAlton Byrd Columbia 5'9" (1.75 m)
1979–80 Sweeney, JimJim Sweeney Boston College 5'11" (1.80 m)
1980–81 Adolph, TerryTerry Adolph West Texas State 5'8" (1.73 m)
1981–82 Moore, JackJack Moore Nebraska 5'9" (1.75 m)
1982–83 McCallum, RayRay McCallum Ball State 5'9" (1.75 m)
1983–84 Stokes, RickyRicky Stokes Virginia 5'10" (1.78 m)
1984–85 Jennings, BubbaBubba Jennings Texas Tech 5'11" (1.80 m)
1985–86 Les, JimJim Les Bradley 5'11" (1.80 m)
1986–87 Bogues, MuggsyMuggsy Bogues Wake Forest 5'3" (1.60 m)
1987–88 Johnson, JerryJerry Johnson Florida Southern 5'11" (1.80 m)
1988–89 Hardaway, TimTim Hardaway UTEP 6'0" (1.83 m)
1989–90 "Boo" Harvey, GregGreg "Boo" Harvey St. John's 6'0" (1.83 m)
1990–91 Jennings, KeithKeith Jennings East Tennessee State 5'7" (1.70 m)
1991–92 Bennett, TonyTony Bennett Green Bay 6'0" (1.83 m)
1992–93 Crawford, SamSam Crawford New Mexico State 5'8" (1.73 m)
1993–94 Brown, GregGreg Brown New Mexico 5'7" (1.70 m)
1994–95 Edney, TyusTyus Edney UCLA 5'10" (1.78 m)
1995–96 Benton, EddieEddie Benton Vermont 5'11" (1.80 m)
1996–97 Knight, BrevinBrevin Knight Stanford 5'10" (1.78 m)
1997–98 Boykins, EarlEarl Boykins Eastern Michigan 5'5" (1.65 m)
1998–99 Rogers, ShawntaShawnta Rogers George Washington 5'4" (1.63 m)
1999–00 Penn, ScoonieScoonie Penn Ohio State 5'11" (1.80 m)
2000–01 Phillips, RashadRashad Phillips Detroit 5'10" (1.78 m)
2001–02 Logan, SteveSteve Logan Cincinnati 5'10" (1.78 m)
2002–03 Gardner, JasonJason Gardner Arizona 5'10" (1.78 m)
2003–04 Nelson, JameerJameer Nelson* Saint Joseph's 6'0" (1.83 m)
2004–05 Robinson, NateNate Robinson Washington 5'9" (1.75 m)
2005–06 Brown, DeeDee Brown Illinois 6'0" (1.83 m)
2006–07 Kelley, TreTre Kelley South Carolina 6'0" (1.83 m)
2007–08 Green, MikeMike Green Butler 6'0" (1.83 m)
2008–09 Collison, DarrenDarren Collison UCLA 6'0" (1.83 m)
2009–10 Collins, SherronSherron Collins Kansas 5'11" (1.80 m)
2010–11 Pullen, JacobJacob Pullen Kansas State 6'0" (1.83 m)
2011–12 Hamilton, ReggieReggie Hamilton Oakland 5'11" (1.80 m)
2012–13 Siva, PeytonPeyton Siva Louisville 6'0" (1.83 m)
2013–14 Smith, RussRuss Smith Louisville 6'0" (1.83 m)
Year Player College Height
1983–84 Mulkey, KimKim Mulkey Louisiana Tech 5'4" (1.63 m)
1984–85 Stack, MariaMaria Stack Gonzaga
1985–86 Ethridge, KamieKamie Ethridge* Texas 5'5" (1.65 m)
1986–87 Windham, RhondaRhonda Windham USC
1987–88 McConnell, SuzieSuzie McConnell Penn State 5'5" (1.65 m)
1988–89 Backstrom, PaulettePaulette Backstrom Bowling Green
1989–90 Dabrowski, JulieJulie Dabrowski New Hampshire College
1990–91 Evans, ShanyaShanya Evans Providence
1991–92 Kosiorek, RosemaryRosemary Kosiorek West Virginia 5'5" (1.65 m)
1992–93 Evans, DenaDena Evans Virginia 5'4" (1.63 m)
1993–94 Levesque, NicoleNicole Levesque Wake Forest
1994–95 Dodrill, AmyAmy Dodrill Johns Hopkins
1995–96 Rizzotti, JenniferJennifer Rizzotti* Connecticut 5'6" (1.68 m)
1996–97 Howard, JenniferJennifer Howard N.C. State
1997–98 Arnold, AngieAngie Arnold Johns Hopkins
1998–99 Hammon, BeckyBecky Hammon Colorado State 5'6" (1.68 m)
1999–00 Darling, HelenHelen Darling Penn State 5'6" (1.68 m)
2000–01 Ivey, NieleNiele Ivey Notre Dame 5'7" (1.70 m)
2001–02 Lambert, SheilaSheila Lambert Baylor 5'7" (1.70 m)
2002–03 Lawson, KaraKara Lawson Tennessee 5'8" (1.73 m)
2003–04 Valek, ErikaErika Valek Purdue 5'6" (1.68 m)
2004–05 White, TanTan White Mississippi State 5'7" (1.70 m)
2005–06 Duffy, MeganMegan Duffy Notre Dame 5'7" (1.70 m)
2006–07 Harding, LindseyLindsey Harding* Duke 5'8" (1.73 m)
2007–08 Anderson, JoleneJolene Anderson Wisconsin 5'8" (1.73 m)
2008–09 Montgomery, ReneeRenee Montgomery Connecticut 5'7" (1.70 m)
2009–10 Gray-Lawson, AlexisAlexis Gray-Lawson California 5'8" (1.73 m)
2010–11 Vandersloot, CourtneyCourtney Vandersloot Gonzaga 5'8" (1.73 m)
2011–12 James, TavelynTavelyn James Eastern Michigan 5'7" (1.70 m)
2012–13 Bentley, AlexAlex Bentley Penn State 5'8" (1.73 m)
2013–14 Sims, OdysseyOdyssey Sims* Baylor 5'8" (1.73 m)


  1. ^ a b "Frances Pomeroy Naismith". Women's Basketball Coaches Association. Retrieved 30 Jun 2014. 
  2. ^ "Discontinued Awards". Women's Basketball Coaches Association. Retrieved 6 May 2015. 

External links

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