Nov. 10, 2012
WASHINGTON - Georgetown University sophomore Otto Porter Jr. (Morley, Mo./Scott County Central) was one of 50 college basketball players selected to the Wooden Award Watch List by the Los Angeles Athletic Club. Porter is one of seven BIG EAST players selected to the Watch List.
The list is comprised of 50 student-athletes who, based on last year's individual performance and team records, are the early front-runners for college basketball's most prestigious honor.
Porter was named an Associated Press preseason honorable mention All-American last week. The selection by the Associated Press was one of several for Porter in the preseason. He was one of only two BIG EAST players selected to the first team or to receive honorable mention honors. Porter was also selected as a fourth team Preseason All-American and was also tabbed as the 16th-best player in the country by CBSSports.com and he was the youngest player selected to the All-BIG EAST First Team.
Porter finished the 2011-12 season ranked fourth on the team in scoring with 9.7 points per game and led the team in rebounds with 6.8 per game. He appeared in all 33 of GU's games, starting eight times, and led the team in field goal percentage, connecting on 52.5 percent of his shots from the floor. Porter, who averaged 1.5 assists and 1.5 steals, reached double figures in scoring 14 times, had seven double figure rebounding games and recorded three double-doubles.
Georgetown finished the 2011-12 season with a 24-9 overall record and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the sixth time in eight years under Head Coach John Thompson III. The Hoyas, who were picked to finish 10th in the BIG EAST, posted a 12-6 record in league play and were among the top five teams in the league.
The Hoyas open the 2012-13 season on Friday, Nov. 9, playing the University of Florida in the Navy-Marine Corps Classic on the USS Bataan in Jacksonville, Fla. The game will air live on the NBC Sports Network at 9 p.m.
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. Previous winners include such notables as Larry Bird ('79), Michael Jordan ('84), Tim Duncan ('97), Candace Parker ('07 and '08), Kevin Durant ('09) and Maya Moore of Connecticut ('09 and `11). Kentucky freshman Anthony Davis won the men's Award in 2012.