April 6, 2013
Atlanta, Ga. - Georgetown University sophomore men's basketball player Otto Porter Jr. (Morley, Mo./Scott County Central) arrived in Atlanta on Friday morning and was immediately asked to take photos with college basketball fans who were arriving for this weekend's Final Four.
Porter Jr. is one of four players vying for the Naismith Trophy, recognizing the college basketball player of the year. He is joined by Michigan's Trey Burke, Creighton's Doug McDermott and Indiana's Victor Oladipo as one of four finalists for the award.
It was a busy day for Porter Jr., who spent two hours on "Radio Row" at the Atlanta Hilton, being whisked to interviews with radio stations from the host city, Atlanta, to broadcasts in Charlotte, Chicago, Cleveland, Kansas City, Atlanta and Washington, D.C., where he spoke on air with ESPN 980's Kevin Sheehan. Along the way, he crossed paths with Georgetown Hall of Fame Coach John Thompson Jr., CBS Sports commentator Doug Gottlieb, former Syracuse standout Derrick Coleman and actor and comedian Faizon Love, who had starring roles in Elf and The Replacements and co-hosts a show in Atlanta.
Following the interviews on "Radio Row," Porter Jr. and Oladipo were guests at the Naismith Rooftop Reception overlooking Centennial Park and then spent some time at the Atlanta Hawks game at Phillips Arena. The award winner of the Naismith Trophy will be announced on Sunday, April 7 at the Georgia World Conference Center in Atlanta.
Porter Jr. was one of 10 players selected to the John R. Wooden Award All-America Team earlier this week, one of just a slew of awards for the sophomore forward. 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).
A 6-8 forward, Porter Jr. was named a First Team All-American by the Associated Press last week and earned first team honors from the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC). 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. He 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.
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.