When Georgetown opened Big East play with a pair of disheartening losses to Marquette and Pittsburgh, sophomore forward Otto Porter Jr. missed 12 of the 19 shots he attempted and grabbed just nine rebounds. There were, in those first days of January, legitimate questions about what Porter and the Hoyas would become.
Tuesday, though, Georgetown put the final bow on a stellar regular season when Porter and Coach John Thompson III were named the Big East’s player and coach of the year, respectively, honors doled out to the leaders of the team that earned the top seed in this week’s Big East tournament.
“The Big East is the best conference in college basketball, with many great players,” Porter said at a news conference Tuesday in New York before the Big East tournament began. “To be recognized among this group, it means a lot.”
Porter was a unanimous choice for player of the year by the Big East coaches, who were not allowed to vote for their own players. The versatile 6-foot-8 forward started only eight games as a freshman, but became a force for the Hoyas this season. He ranked in the top 10 in the Big East in scoring (eighth at 16.4 points), rebounding (fifth at 7.5 points), field goal percentage (eighth at 50.2), steals (sixth at 2.0), three-point percentage (second at 44) and minutes played (ninth at 34.8).