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Rating the best of the season

Updated: March 7, 2014, 4:39 PM ET
By Dick Vitale | ESPN.com

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.

ACC

Warren
Warren
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: T.J. Warren, NC State
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.

AMERICAN

Napier
Napier
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Shabazz Napier, Connecticut
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.

ATLANTIC 10

Galloway
Galloway
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Langston Galloway, St. Joseph's
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.

BIG EAST

McDermott
McDermott
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Doug McDermott, Creighton
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.

BIG TEN

Vonleh
Vonleh
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Nik Stauskas, Michigan
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.

BIG 12

Ejim
Ejim
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Melvin Ejim, Iowa State
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.

MOUNTAIN WEST

Bairstow
Bairstow
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Cameron Bairstow, New Mexico
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.

PAC-12

Gordon
Gordon
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Nick Johnson, Arizona
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.

SEC

Randle
Randle
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Scottie Wilbekin, Florida
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.

Dick Vitale

College Basketball analyst
Dick Vitale, college basketball's top analyst and ambassador, joined ESPN during the 1979-80 season. His thorough knowledge of the game is brought forth in an enthusiastic, passionate style. Vitale also contributes columns to ESPN.com.

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