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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ejim has been a force for Fred Hoiberg's squad. Winning or sharing 10 straight conference titles made Self an easy pick.
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.
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.
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.