Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award
|Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award|
|Awarded for||The nation's top male center in NCAA Division I basketball|
|Presented by||Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame|
|Currently held by||Jakob Pöltl, Utah|
The Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Center of the Year Award is an annual basketball award given by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame to the top men's collegiate center. Following the success of the Bob Cousy Award which had been awarded since 2004, the award was one of four new awards (along with the Jerry West Award, Karl Malone Award and Julius Erving Award) created as part of the inaugural College Basketball Awards show in 2015. It is named after three-time NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Champion, three-time NCAA Basketball Tournament Most Outstanding Player, and three-time National Player of the Year Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. The inaugural winner was Frank Kaminsky.
|*||Awarded a National Player of the Year award: |
the Naismith College Player of the Year or the John R. Wooden Award
|Player (X)||Denotes the number of times the player has been awarded the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award|
|2014–15||Kaminsky, FrankFrank Kaminsky||Wisconsin||Senior|
|2015–16||Pöltl, JakobJakob Pöltl||Utah||Sophomore|
Winners by school
- "New College Basketball Awards Show to Honor the Season's Top Players April 10 on ESPN2". Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. February 12, 2015. Retrieved October 19, 2015.
- "Fifteen Candidates Announced for First-Ever Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award". Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. February 16, 2015. Retrieved October 19, 2015.
- "Wisconsin's Kaminsky wins Kareem Abdul-Jabbar award as best center". FOX Sports. Associated Press. April 10, 2015. Retrieved October 19, 2015.