Absolutely! Georgetown‘s Otto Porter is running away from the competition for Big East Player of the Year but the Hoyas still have some work left to do in order to clinch the conference’s regular season crown.
At 23-4 (13-3 Big East), Georgetown has been on a tear of late, rattling off 11-straight victories following a brutal loss to 2-14 South Florida. They head to Philly to take on an up-and-down Villanova team that keeps shooting itself in the foot before concluding the regular season against No. 17 Syracuse, who has lost three straight, including one at the Carrier Dome to the Hoyas on February 23, but that’s neither here nor there.
The reason the Hoyas have quietly stormed to the head of the class in the Big East is Otto Porter. The sophomore leads the Hoyas in points (16.6 ppg) and rebounds (7.6 rpg) but is averaging 19.7 ppg during the current winning streak. In Big East play, Porter ranks second in scoring (18.7), sixth in rebounding (7.5), fifth in field goal percentage (51.1%) and first in three-point field goal percentage (48.3%) despite not even being in the top-10 in minutes played. That’s not the end game, however–it’s all about W’s for the Hoyas and their budding superstar.
When fellow sophomore Greg Whittington was ruled ineligible prior to their game January 12 at St. John’s, the spotlight shifted to Otto Porter. Could he lead the Hoyas in a vicious Big East? I think we have our answer. Whittington hasn’t been anything more than an afterthought for those following the Hoyas’ run at the league title.
Porter has been a model of consistency all season long for Georgetown and it truly is his team. He shows up when they need him most–in big games against big time teams. In six games against top-25 foes, Porter is averaging 20.5 points and 8.7 rebounds–and the Hoyas are 5-1 in those games.
He’s a multi-faceted scorer for a 6-foot-8 forward. He can score inside the arc (50.5% points from FGs), outside (26.4% points from threes) and can get to the line at will (22.9% points from FTs). Just the other night in a win against Rutgers he got to the free throw line 18 times, tops in the Big East this season.
As of today, Georgetown–ranked No. 5 in the AP Top 25–is playing some of the best basketball in the country and should contend for a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament when Selection Sunday rolls around. They play in arguably one of the top two conferences in the nation and are steamrolling whoever they play.
If Porter and the Hoyas can keep this up, they’re more than capable of making a run to the Final Four like they did in head coach John Thompson III‘s first season at the helm back in 2006-07, when they another star forward named Jeff Green.
Otto Porter for Big East Player of the Year. I approve this message.
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