Honoring college basketball's best

Jabari Parker is averaging 18.8 points and 7.3 rebounds per game for Duke as a freshman. AP Photo/Jason DeCrow

I recently came up with my midseason college basketball awards. Now it is time to unveil my All-Solid Gold team and All-Diaper Dandy squad for the first half of a great 2013-14 campaign.

Each squad has a super six. Let me know what you think on Twitter @dickiev.


Doug McDermott, Creighton

Jabari Parker, Duke

Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State

C.J. Fair, Syracuse

Nick Johnson, Arizona

Russ Smith, Louisville

As I have previously said, McDermott is my choice for midseason player of the year. While Parker has struggled a bit lately, he still merits first-team honors. Smart has Oklahoma State highly ranked. Fair has been consistent on the baseline for the undefeated Orange. Johnson has been solid for the nation's No. 1 team. Smith is a prolific scorer on a shorthanded Cardinals squad.


Jabari Parker, Duke

Andrew Wiggins, Kansas

Julius Randle, Kentucky

Aaron Gordon, Arizona

Tyler Ennis, Syracuse

Joel Embiid, Kansas

So much has been said about Parker, Wiggins, Randle and Gordon. I hope they are not all one-and-done. Ennis has been a surprise, joining Trevor Cooney in the Syracuse backcourt following the departures of Brandon Triche and Michael Carter-Williams. Ennis does a tremendous job handling the ball, distributing the rock and limiting turnovers. Embiid has made major improvements and his footwork and knowledge of the game have climbed to a different level. He is a force on both ends of the court.