June 27, 2013
WASHINGTON - Georgetown University sophomore men's basketball player Otto Porter Jr. (Morley, Mo./Scott County Central) was selected by the Washington Wizards with the No. 3 pick in the first round of the National Basketball Association 2013 Draft on Thursday night at the Barclay's Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Porter Jr. being taken No. 3 by the Wizards is the highest a Hoya has been selected since Allen Iverson was the No. 1 pick in the 1996 Draft by the Philadelphia 76ers.
"It's a dream come true to get drafted and then get a chance to play in D.C., where I played two years in college," Porter Jr. said. "It's a true blessing."
Under Hoyas Head Coach John Thompson III, Georgetown has had four players selected among the top-20 picks in the NBA Draft in the last six years (Jeff Green, 2007; Roy Hibbert, 2008, Greg Monroe, 2010), one of only 10 schools nationally with at least four in that span. Porter Jr. is the sixth NBA Draft selection under Thompson.
Porter Jr. had a spectacular sophomore season, capped off by being named the BIG EAST Player of the Year and a First Team All-American by the Associated Press. He was the first Georgetown player to be named a First Team All-American by the Associated Press since Iverson during the 1995-96 season, became the fifth Hoya to earn first team honors and it was the eighth time a Georgetown player has been selected to the first team (Patrick Ewing did so three times, while Eric Floyd, Reggie Williams, Alonzo Mourning and Iverson were each named once).
A 6-8 forward, he also earned first team All-American honors from the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC), was named the National Player of the Year by Basketball Times and was a finalist for both the Naismith Trophy and for the Wooden Award, recognizing the top player in college basketball.
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.