Jan. 24, 2013
WASHINGTON - Georgetown University sophomore men's basketball player Otto Porter Jr. (Morley, Mo./ Scott County Central) was recently among a group of 25 players nationally named to the John R. Wooden Award Midseason Top 25, announced earlier this month by the Los Angeles Athletic Club on ESPNU.
The Hoyas, who have won three of their last four games, improved to 13-4 overall and 3-3 in the BIG EAST with an impressive 63-47 road win at No. 23 Notre Dame on Monday night. Georgetown hosts No. 5 Louisville on Saturday, Jan. 26 at Verizon Center. Tipoff is slated for noon. The game will be shown live on ESPN, with Mike Patrick and Len Elmore calling all of the action.
The players on the list are considered strong candidates for the official ballot. The National Ballot consists of approximately 20 top players who have proven to their universities that they are making progress toward graduation and maintaining at least a cumulative 2.0 GPA.
Porter Jr. was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll on Monday after averaging 20.5 and 7.0 rebounds in a pair of games last week, connecting on 59.3 percent of his field goals (16-of-27), 50.0 percent of his three-point attempts (4-of-8) and 83.3 percent of his free throws (5-of-6) as the Hoyas split games against Providence and South Florida. He continued his strong play during Georgetown's win over Notre Dame on Monday, scoring a game-high 19 points and grabbing nine rebounds.
Porter Jr. leads the team in scoring (14.6 points per game) and rebounding (7.7 rebounds per game) and is third on the team in assists (2.4) and leads the team in blocks (19) and steals (30). He ranks 11th in the BIG EAST in scoring, fourth in the league in rebounds, but also ranks among the league leaders in field goal percentage (10th, 51.5%), three-point field goal percentage (fifth, 45.0%), steals (seventh, 1.88 spg), blocked shots (13th, 1.19 bpg) and defensive rebounds (2nd, 6.06 rpg).
In BIG EAST games, Porter Jr. is sixth in the league in scoring, averaging 16.8 points per game.
The Wooden Award All American Team, consisting of the nation's top 10 players, will be announced the week of the "Elite Eight" round of the NCAA Tournament. The John R. Wooden Award Player of the Year presented by Wendy's will be announced on ESPN during the Final Four Weekend in Atlanta. The 2013 Wooden Award Gala presented by Wendy's will take place April 11-13, 2013, at The Los Angeles Athletic Club. The Gala will honor the Men's and Women's Wooden Award winners, All Americans and the Legends of Coaching Award winner, Kansas Head Coach Bill Self.
Created in 1976, the John R. Wooden Award is the most prestigious individual honor in college basketball. It is bestowed upon the nation's best player at an institution of higher education who has proven to his or her university that he or she is making progress toward graduation and maintaining a minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA. Since its inception, the John R. Wooden Award has contributed close to a million dollars to universities' general scholarship fund in the names of the All American recipients. The Award has also sent more than 1,000 underprivileged children to week-long college basketball camps in the Award's name. Additionally, the John R. Wooden Award partners with Special Olympics Southern California (SOSC) each year to host the Wooden Award Special Olympics Southern California Basketball Tournament. The day-long tournament, which brings together Special Olympic athletes and the All Americans, takes place at The Los Angeles Athletic Club the weekend of the John R. Wooden Award Gala.