The regular season is coming to a close, and March Madness is in full swing, baby!
It is time to reveal my crème de la crème, the best of the best for this college hoops season. I have picked my super seven, the first- and second-team All-Solid Gold performers for this campaign. My friends, I wish I could be the coach of these guys!
Let's start with the first team:
These guys have been super, scintillating, sensational! This group can do it all. John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins have been outstanding diaper dandies for John Calipari in Kentucky. Jon Scheyer and Greivis Vasquez have been the premier PTPers in the ACC. Evan Turner has been really impressive, returning from a back injury earlier in the season. Scottie Reynolds is the engine that drives the bus for Jay Wright's Wildcats. Wesley Johnson was the best All-Marco Polo, a real difference-maker for Jim Boeheim's Orange squad.
Now on to the second team:
James Anderson has been Mr. Versatility for the Cowboys. Luke Harangody was having a super season until he was injured. Jimmer Fredette is an unsung player who deserves more publicity. Cole Aldrich and Sherron Collins have keyed Bill Self's national championship contender as a talented inside-outside duo. Damion James has been a force as a scorer and rebounder. Greg Monroe needs to stay aggressive and look for his shots, but he is extremely talented.
Last but not least, it is time to announce my player of the year and coach of the year:
VITALE'S PLAYER OF THE YEAR
You can make a case for several players, but my choice is John Wall of Kentucky. He has made his teammates much better as a leader of the tough Wildcats. I love the fact he wants the ball in crunch time, and Wall has made so many big plays this season. He is also my Diaper Dandy of the Year!
VITALE'S COACH OF THE YEAR
My pick for coach of the year is Jim Boeheim. There are a number of solid candidates: Frank Martin of Kansas State, Steve Alford of New Mexico, Gary Williams of Maryland and John Calipari of Kentucky.
Yet Syracuse went from being picked sixth in the preseason Big East poll to most likely locking up a No. 1 seed in the Big Dance. Boeheim has done an incredible job after losing a lot of talent. Jonny Flynn, Eric Devendorf and Paul Harris are gone, but Boeheim put together a team that is capable of cutting down the nets in Indianapolis.
So there you have it, my All-Solid Gold teams and my award winners for 2010.