June 28, 2013
WASHINGTON - Former Georgetown University men's basketball All-American Otto Porter Jr. was introduced by the Washington Wizards in a press conference at Verizon Center Friday afternoon, one day after the team selected him with the No. 3 overall pick in the National Basketball Association (NBA).
Porter Jr. is the fourth Georgetown player selected in the top-20 of the NBA Draft over the last seven years. The Hoyas are one of only 11 schools nationally with at least four top-20 picks over that span.
It was a whirlwind couple of days for Porter Jr., but the 2013 BIG EAST Player of the Year gets the comfort of starting his professional career in the gym - Verizon Center - where he played the last two years of college and in a city, Washington, D.C., that he had begun to call a home. "One of the reasons I was interested in Georgetown was because of the history here," Porter Jr. said. "Not only the history in Washington, D.C. but the history the Hoyas have too. I love this city, it's a home to me."
Porter Jr. joked that the adjustment to the building wouldn't be all that much either, since he just has to take a right at the hallway to head to the Wizards locker room.
Porter Jr. was joined on the dais by Washington Wizards General Manager Ernie Grunfeld, along with Head Coach Randy Wittman. "He's a basketball player. Sometimes people get labeled to be a shooter, a rebounder, a guy to block shots. This guy plays basketball. Knows how to play," Wittman said. "As a player, those were the kind of players I loved playing with because they make you better."
"He has the total package. He has good work ethic, he's a team player, he can do multiple t things on the floor, he can guard several positions," Grunfeld said. "He's a young player who we think could be with us for many, many years to come as far as Bradley (Beal) and John (Wall) are concerned. Fans are familiar with him. He has a very good reputation here and that makes it all that much better, but the bottom line is he's a good basketball player."
Georgetown Head Coach John Thompson III stopped by to see his former player's introductory press conference as well. "He has come a long way," Thompson said. "One of the reasons that happened is part of how he was prepared, but it's his willingness to learn, his willingness to listen, his willingness to be taught and coached. He'll do what you tell him to do. He'll do what you show him to do. He's not going to make the same mistake twice."
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. Porter Jr. led the Hoyas in scoring and rebounding with 16.2 points and 7.5 rebounds per game. 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).
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.
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