It was announced this afternoon that Georgetown forward Otto Porter was one of the five players named to the AP All-American team.
Porter, a 6-foot-8 sophomore, led the Hoyas in minutes per game (35.4), points per game (16.2), rebounds per game (7.5), steals per game (1.8) and 3-point accuracy (42.2%). In doing so he helped lead the team to a share of the Big East regular season title (14-4) and a 25-7 record overall.
“I’ve defined it all year — probably without saying it — in that he is a selfless player, in that all of his actions, all of his thoughts are on how can he help our team win,” coach John Thompson III said. “And because he’s so talented, with such God-given ability, because he is the worker that he is, because he is as coachable as he is, he has been able to succeed on many different fronts. Not just scoring. I don’t want to say he’s a complete basketball player — he’s not finished — but he excels at many different aspects of the game, many of which show up in the stat sheet, many of which don’t.”
Porter and Trey Burke of Michigan tied as the leading vote-getters for the first team while Kelly Olynyk of Gonzaga, Victor Oladipo of Indiana and Doug McDermott of Creighton round out the five man squad.
Porter was regarded as one of the best stretch forwards in the country entering this season and was expected to break-out in his sophomore campaign. I’d say being named a first team All-American constitutes as ‘breaking-out’.
Otto’s impact was felt on a nightly basis, but none greater than their game at Syracuse on February 23rd. In Georgetown’s last visit to the Carrier Dome as Big East rivals, Porter dropped 33 points and single-handedly willed the Hoyas to a 57-46 victory. That game put him on the national spotlight and he never relinquished it.
Unfortunately Porter had arguably his worst game of the season in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament, a loss to #15 seed Florida Gulf Coast. He finished with 13 points but shot under 30% from the field and only got to the free throw line twice. It was a difficult way for Georgetown to end the season given all the success they had throughout.
Now Hoya fans will have to sit around nervously hoping that Porter doesn’t opt to the NBA early. He is currently projected to be the 8th prospect taken off the board at draftexpress.com if he were to enter this summer’s draft.
Congrats to Otto on a stellar season and the well-deserved recognition!