Rating the best of the season
It is time for the VBDI (Vitale Bald Dome Index) to give out some more awards -- this time, to the crème de la crème of the power conferences. Several of these categories had easy choices, while others were a lot more difficult. Drumroll, please. May I have the envelope, baby!
Here are the Player of the Year, Coach of the Year and Diaper Dandy of the Year from the major college conferences.
COACH OF THE YEAR: Tony Bennett, Virginia
DIAPER DANDY OF THE YEAR: Jabari Parker, Duke
I went with Warren over C.J. Fair and Tyler Ennis of Syracuse, Marcus Paige of North Carolina and Parker. It was not an easy call. Warren has meant so much to a Wolfpack team that is trying to earn a berth in the Big Dance. Bennett as Coach of the Year was easier. Parker edged Ennis as Diaper Dandy.
COACH OF THE YEAR: Larry Brown, SMU
DIAPER DANDY OF THE YEAR: Austin Nichols, Memphis
The American was another league where there were several worthy candidates for Player of the Year. In the end, I gave Napier the edge over Russ Smith of Louisville and Sean Kilpatrick of Cincinnati. Brown over Cincinnati's Mick Cronin was a close call.
COACH OF THE YEAR: Jim Crews, Saint Louis
DIAPER DANDY OF THE YEAR: Jon Severe, Fordham
Galloway was a tough decision as Chaz Williams of Massachusetts and Jordair Jett of Saint Louis were also on my radar. Crews edged Mike Lonergan of George Washington. Severe was a no-brainer as he leads the conference in scoring.
COACH OF THE YEAR: Jay Wright, Villanova
DIAPER DANDY OF THE YEAR: Rysheed Jordan, St. John's
McDermott was lock city as Player of the Year. Wright was a pretty easy choice, too. I gave Jordan the edge over Billy Garrett of DePaul.
COACH OF THE YEAR: John Beilein, Michigan
DIAPER DANDY OF THE YEAR: Noah Vonleh, Indiana
It has been a great season for Michigan. Hail to the Victors, baby, as Stauskas and Beilein earned my honors. Vonleh has had a nice season for the Hoosiers.
COACH OF THE YEAR: Bill Self, Kansas
DIAPER DANDY OF THE YEAR: Andrew Wiggins, Kansas
Ejim has been a force for Fred Hoiberg's squad. Winning or sharing 10 straight conference titles made Self an easy pick.
COACH OF THE YEAR: Steve Fisher, San Diego State
DIAPER DANDY OF THE YEAR: Rashad Muhammad, San Jose State
Bairstow is averaging just above 20 points per game for the Lobos. Fisher gets the nod over first-year coach Craig Neal of New Mexico. Muhammad has posted nice 3-point shooting numbers at San Jose State.
COACH OF THE YEAR: Sean Miller, Arizona
DIAPER DANDY OF THE YEAR: Aaron Gordon, Arizona
Johnson was neck-and-neck with Kyle Anderson of UCLA for Player of the Year. Miller gets the nod, as his Wildcats won the league convincingly. Gordon was a no-brainer as Diaper Dandy.
COACH OF THE YEAR: Billy Donovan, Florida
DIAPER DANDY OF THE YEAR: Julius Randle, Kentucky
Wilbekin was a true leader who made big plays for the No. 1-ranked Gators. Donovan led Florida to a conference title and the top ranking in the polls. Randle dominated inside for the 'Cats.
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