April 2, 2013
WASHINGTON - Georgetown University sophomore men's basketball player Otto Porter Jr. (Morley, Mo./Scott County Central) was one of 10 players selected to the John R. Wooden Award All-America Team on Monday.
Porter Jr. is the seventh Georgetown player to be selected to the Wooden Award All-America team, following Allen Iverson (1996), Alonzo Mourning (1992), Charles Smith (1989), Reggie Williams (1987), Patrick Ewing (1982-85) and Eric Floyd (1982). Candidates are voted on by a panel of several hundred college basketball media members and experts around the country and must maintain at least a cumulative grade-point average of 2.0, an important component of the award insisted upon by Coach Wooden.
It was another in the line of national honors for Porter Jr., who is a finalist for the Naismith Trophy and for the Wooden Award. Both awards will be presented during the Final Four this weekend in Atlanta. Porter Jr. is joined by Michigan's Trey Burke, Creighton's Doug McDermott and Indiana's Victor Oladipo as finalists for the national honor.
A 6-8 forward, Porter Jr. was named a First Team All-American by the Associated Press on Monday and earned first team honors from the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) first team last week. Porter Jr. was also recognized by Basketball Times as its National Player of the Year earlier this week.
Porter Jr. was named the BIG EAST Player of the Year and was the only unanimous selection to the All-BIG EAST Conference First Team. Porter Jr. led the Hoyas in scoring and rebounding with 16.2 points and 7.5 rebounds per game. Porter Jr. was named the BIG EAST Player of the Week three times during the 2012-13 season, including a streak of three-straight honors. It was the first time a BIG EAST player had won the award in three-straight weeks since the 2003 season.
Porter Jr. also led the team in steals (1.8 spg), was second on the team in blocked shots (0.9 bpg) and ranked third on the team in assists per game (2.7 apg). He scored in double figures 27 times this season, had eight games with at least 20 points - including a career-high 33 points in win at Syracuse on Feb. 23 - and had seven double-doubles.
Against BIG EAST opponents, Porter Jr. averaged 18.1 points and 7.3 rebounds per game, while shooting 49.8 percent from the floor (104-of-209) and 44.1 percent from three-point land (30-of-68) and 80.7 percent from the free throw line (88-of-109). Porter Jr. missed parts of two games this season and his per-40 minute averages were 18.3 points and 8.5 rebounds per game.
Georgetown finished the 2012-13 season with a 25-7 record and earned a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament. The Hoyas won a share of the BIG EAST Regular Season Championship and were the No. 1 seed in the tournament after posting a 14-4 record in league play. The Hoyas were ranked No. 8 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll and No. 8 in the USA Today Coaches' poll and closed out the regular season with 12 wins in 13 games. The Hoyas are one of only four schools in the country to be ranked in the Associated Press top-10 at least once in each of the last seven seasons and Georgetown is also ranked fifth nationally in Associated Press top-25 poll appearances (116) since January 2006.