Georgetown Hoyas sophomore Otto Porter was hit in the face by an errant elbow forcing him to leave tonight’s game just six minutes into action.
After the incident occurred Porter went back out onto the court but was shortly removed and did not return.
The Hoyas went on to win its game against the Duquesne Dukes 61-55 without Porter, as D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera led the way with 19 points. Porter was scoreless in six minutes of action with one rebound and one assist.
If Porter is forced to miss any time due to tonight’s injury it would be a significant blow for a young Hoyas roster that is looking to him to lead the way. He’s entered the 2012-13 season as a potential 2013 NBA lottery pick and a preseason honorable mention All-American.
Georgetown has no seniors and just two juniors so losing Porter’s leadership is a bigger blow than his production as he’s considered to have a very high basketball I.Q for a player his age. Something desperately needed on an inexperienced roster prone to turnovers and multiple mistakes.
That’s not to say Porter’s production is to be overlooked as last season he averaged 9.7 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1.5 assists and shot 52.5% from the field.
Many believe Porter will see his numbers rise with the offense expected to run through him, especially after Georgetown lost its leading scorers from a year ago.
Porter was needed to step up and fill the production void left from those departing players. Now just six minutes into a game on the first week of the season, the Hoyas had to fill the void left from Porter’s injury. They managed to do it against Duquesne but they’ll be hoping they don’t have to do it for much longer.
Otherwise the Hoyas could have a significant problem and we’ve barely tipped off the season.