Commentary

Honoring the season's best

Doug McDermott, Jabari Parker stand above the rest

Updated: March 13, 2014, 12:01 PM ET
By Dick Vitale | ESPN.com

The VBDI (Vitale Bald Dome Index) is ready to present the national awards for the 2013-14 season. It has been a great college basketball campaign, and March Madness should provide even more excitement.

To the victors go the spoils, as reflected with these national honors.

May I have a drumroll, please!

PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Doug McDermott, Creighton
McDermott
McDermott
This race ended more than a month ago. McDermott, who went over the 3,000-point mark for his illustrious career, has been dominant for the Bluejays. He has hit game-winning shots (at home against St. John's) and scored almost at will, with three games of 39 points or more. McDermott, a senior, is tough and intelligent on the court. This is a no-brainer.

COACH OF THE YEAR: Gregg Marshall, Wichita State
This was a little tougher because of the great competition. Coaches such as Michigan's John Beilein, SMU's Larry Brown, Villanova's Jay Wright, Florida's Billy Donovan and Arizona's Sean Miller were viable contenders.

Marshall
Marshall

My friends, I do not care who you are playing -- it is tough to go 34-0. The Missouri Valley Conference has several teams that are difficult to beat on their home court. The Shockers did not sneak up on anybody after making the Final Four last season. Wichita State lost several talented players, yet came through the regular season perfect. That is why Marshall is my choice.

DIAPER DANDY OF THE YEAR: Jabari Parker, Duke
In a season that had five standout freshmen -- Parker, Julius Randle of Kentucky, Tyler Ennis of Syracuse, Aaron Gordon of Arizona and Andrew Wiggins of Kansas -- one stood out above the rest.
Parker
Parker
Parker was a double-double machine for the Blue Devils. He showed brilliance last weekend, putting up 30 points against North Carolina. He had a special season for Coach K and the Cameron Crazies.

CONFERENCE OF THE YEAR: Big Ten
Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State and Wisconsin are all locks for the NCAA tournament, and Iowa was ranked in the Top 25 much of the season, but the Big Ten was a great conference from top to bottom. There was never an easy game in league play. Think about the strides Northwestern made. Look how much Minnesota improved under Richard Pitino. Nebraska was one of the great stories of the season, as Tim Miles did an outstanding job.

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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