It is award season, baby! The VBDI (Vitale Bald Dome Index) mid-season college hoop awards, that is.
Let’s give kudos to the crème de la crème, the best of the best so far in this college hoop campaign.
There are so many great candidates, like Sean Miller of Arizona, Bo Ryan of Wisconsin, Fred Hoiberg of Iowa State. I am picking Boeheim because he had to replace his starting backcourt of Michael Carter-Williams and Brandon Triche. They were good enough to get to the Final Four last season. The Orange remained unbeaten with an impressive win over North Carolina Saturday.
PLAYER-DOUG MC DERMOTT
I considered a number of players, like CJ Fair, Jabari Parker, Nick Johnson. McDermott does everything well and is a difference-maker at Creighton.
I know a lot of people have given publicity to freshmen, but McDermott is my pick.
DIAPER DANDY-JABARI PARKER
Names like Aaron Gordon, Julius Randle, Andrew Wiggins and Tyler Ennis have popped up all season. Even though Parker has struggled a bit lately, he rates the nod.
MARCO POLO- DE’ANDRE KANE
There are so many important players who transferred. TJ McConnell, Rodney Hood, Joseph Young, and the list goes on and on. Kane has been superb, putting up 30 on Baylor recently. Unfortunately he hurt his ankle at Oklahoma Saturday.
The Badgers were supposed to have a decent season, but Bo Ryan’s club has been among the elite. Iowa State, despite Saturday’s loss, is a close second in this category.
The Golden Eagles were in the preseason Top 25. Marquette was also favored in the Big East, but currently sits at 10-7 overall, 2-2 in conference play after edging Seton Hall.
TOP CONFERENCE-BIG TEN
I thought the ACC was going to be the best this season, but the Big Ten has dominated. Michigan State, Wisconsin and Ohio State have been up in the rankings all season long. Illinois has been better than advertised despite the loss at Wisconsin.
BEST DEFENSIVE PLAYER-AARON CRAFT
The Buckeyes’ guard in always in the face of the opposition. His tenacity was displayed late against Michigan State.
Aaron Gordon, Kaleb Tarczewski, Brandon Ashley and company have been super this season.
BEST BACKCOURT-MICHIGAN STATE
Gary Harris and Keith Appling provide a great 1-2 punch when healthy.