William B. French Most Valuable Player Award

This annual award recognizes the outstanding individual player in The Tournament based on sportsmanship, ability and overall performance. Presented by the Sons of the American Legion, it is named in honor of Bill French who was an NJCAA All-American at Hutchinson and was selected to the 1960 All-Tournament team. He and his wife, Mary Kay, died in an automobile accident in 1968. A fan favorite during his playing days, Bill played prep basketball at Pretty Prairie before starring at Hutchinson and later at the University of Wyoming.

 

WILLIAM B. FRENCH MVP AWARD  |  2010-present
  PLAYER COLLEGE YEAR
  Keith McGee South Plains (TX) 2018
  Shakur Juiston Hutchinson (KS) 2017
  Conner Toolson Salt Lake (UT) 2016
  Brandon Austin Northwest Florida State 2015
  Leroy Fludd Jones County (MS) 2014
  Eugene McCrory Central Florida 2013
  Yanick Moreira South Plains (TX) 2012
  Pierre Jackson Southern Idaho 2011
  Josh Watkins Howard (TX) 2010

 


William B. French Most Valuable Player Award

This annual award recognizes the outstanding individual player in The Tournament based on sportsmanship, ability and overall performance. Presented by the Sons of the American Legion, it is named in honor of Bill French who was an NJCAA All-American at Hutchinson and was selected to the 1960 All-Tournament team. He and his wife, Mary Kay, died in an automobile accident in 1968. A fan favorite during his playing days, Bill played prep basketball at Pretty Prairie before starring at Hutchinson and later at the University of Wyoming.

 

WILLIAM B. FRENCH MVP AWARD  |  2000-09

PLAYER COLLEGE YEAR

D.J. Wright Salt Lake (UT) 2009

Jonathan Hall South Plains (TX) 2008

Rorigue Mels Midland (TX) 2007

Hatila Passos Arkansas-Fort Smith 2006

Roderick Earls Paris (TX) 2005

Kelvin Pina Southeastern (IA) 2004

Filberto Rivera Southeastern (IA) 2003

Jaime Lloreda Dixie State (UT) 2002

Antwan Barbour Vincennes (IN) 2001

Aaron McGhee Vincennes (IN) 2000

 



William B. French Most Valuable Player Award

This annual award recognizes the outstanding individual player in The Tournament based on sportsmanship, ability and overall performance. Presented by the Sons of the American Legion, it is named in honor of Bill French who was an NJCAA All-American at Hutchinson and was selected to the 1960 All-Tournament team. He and his wife, Mary Kay, died in an automobile accident in 1968. A fan favorite during his playing days, Bill played prep basketball at Pretty Prairie before starring at Hutchinson and later at the University of Wyoming.

 

WILLIAM B. FRENCH MVP AWARD  |  1990-99

PLAYER COLLEGE YEAR

Corey Hightower Indian Hills (IA) 1999

Pete Mickeal Indian Hills (IA) 1998

C.J. Bruton Indian Hills (IA) 1997

Eric Martin Sullivan (KY) 1996

Larry Coates Okaloosa-Walton (FL) 1995

Roy Hariston Hutchinson (KS) 1994

Paul O'Liney Pensacola (FL) 1993

Shon Peck-Love Three Rivers (MO) 1992

Mark Morse Arizona Western 1991

Elmore Spencer Connors State (OK) 1990

 



William B. French Most Valuable Player Award

This annual award recognizes the outstanding individual player in The Tournament based on sportsmanship, ability and overall performance. Presented by the Sons of the American Legion, it is named in honor of Bill French who was an NJCAA All-American at Hutchinson and was selected to the 1960 All-Tournament team. He and his wife, Mary Kay, died in an automobile accident in 1968. A fan favorite during his playing days, Bill played prep basketball at Pretty Prairie before starring at Hutchinson and later at the University of Wyoming.

 

WILLIAM B. FRENCH MVP AWARD  |  1980-89

PLAYER COLLEGE YEAR

Terry Brown NE Oklahoma A&M 1989

Maruice Brittian Hutchinson (KS) 1988

Jim Smith Herkimer (NY) 1987

Ledell Eackles San Jacinto-Central (TX) 1986

Averian Parrish Dixie State (UT) 1985

Walter Berry San Jacinto-Central (TX) 1984

Frank Spoon James San Jacinto-Central (TX) 1983

Puntus Wilson Midland (TX) 1982

DeWayne Shephard Westark (AR) 1981

Paul Pressey Western Texas 1980

 



William B. French Most Valuable Player Award

This annual award recognizes the outstanding individual player in The Tournament based on sportsmanship, ability and overall performance. Presented by the Sons of the American Legion, it is named in honor of Bill French who was an NJCAA All-American at Hutchinson and was selected to the 1960 All-Tournament team. He and his wife, Mary Kay, died in an automobile accident in 1968. A fan favorite during his playing days, Bill played prep basketball at Pretty Prairie before starring at Hutchinson and later at the University of Wyoming.

 

WILLIAM B. FRENCH MVP AWARD  |  1970-79

PLAYER COLLEGE YEAR

Thurlon Weaver Three Rivers (MO) 1979

Thomas Louden Independence (KS) 1978

Chester Giles Independence (KS) 1977

Kenny Davis Southern Idaho 1976

Bobby Miller Western Texas 1975

Connie White Mercer County (NJ) 1974

Melvin Weldon Mercer County (NJ) 1973

Bill Butler Vincennes (IN) 1972

Benny Clyde  Ellsworth (IA) 1971

Andy Knowles Moberly Area (MO) 1970

 



William B. French Most Valuable Player Award

This annual award recognizes the outstanding individual player in The Tournament based on sportsmanship, ability and overall performance. Presented by the Sons of the American Legion, it is named in honor of Bill French who was an NJCAA All-American at Hutchinson and was selected to the 1960 All-Tournament team. He and his wife, Mary Kay, died in an automobile accident in 1968. A fan favorite during his playing days, Bill played prep basketball at Pretty Prairie before starring at Hutchinson and later at the University of Wyoming.

 

WILLIAM B. FRENCH MVP AWARD  |  1960-69

PLAYER COLLEGE YEAR

Bobby Jones Paducah (KY) 1969

Bobby Sands Mercer County (NJ) 1968

Tom Thoenen Moberly Area (MO) 1967

Frank Judge Cameron (OK) 1966

Robert Pritchett Vincennes (IN) 1965

Mickey Hartsburg Casper (WY) 1964

Eugene Bogash Wilmington (NC) 1963

Paul Henry Coffeyville (KS) 1962

Robert Warlick Pueblo (CO) 1961

Doug Pendygraft Lindsay-Wilson (KY) 1960

 



William B. French Most Valuable Player Award

This annual award recognizes the outstanding individual player in The Tournament based on sportsmanship, ability and overall performance. Presented by the Sons of the American Legion, it is named in honor of Bill French who was an NJCAA All-American at Hutchinson and was selected to the 1960 All-Tournament team. He and his wife, Mary Kay, died in an automobile accident in 1968. A fan favorite during his playing days, Bill played prep basketball at Pretty Prairie before starring at Hutchinson and later at the University of Wyoming.

 

WILLIAM B. FRENCH MVP AWARD  |  1948-59

PLAYER COLLEGE YEAR

Allen Holmes Weber (UT) 1959

Sid Cohen Kilgore (TX) 1958

John Nicoll Eastern Arizona 1957

Eugene Poston Pueblo (CO) 1956

Danny Dotson Hannibal-LaGrange (MO) 1955

Robert Burrow Lon Morris (TX) 1954

Denver Brackeen East Central (MS) 1953

Dick Garmaker Hibbing (MN) 1952

Darrell Floyd Wingate (NC) 1951

Gene Garrett Northeast Mississippi 1950
  Allen LaMont Compton (CA) 1949

Robert Crowe Compton (CA) 1948