Is Porter the best player in college hoops?
Unranked when the season started and again during the last week of January, Georgetown jumped to a season-high No. 5 in the latest AP rankings released on Monday.
Winners of 11 straight, the Hoyas (23-4, 13-3) received two first-place votes and sit behind only new No. 1 Gonzaga, Indiana, Duke and Kansas in the just released poll. Last week Georgetown cracked the Top-10 for the seventh season, a rankings feat matched only by Duke, Kansas and North Carolina.
The Hoyas also are No. 5 in the USA Today coaches poll.
Following victories this past week against Connecticut in double-overtime and a Porter-fueled 64-51 over Rutgers on Saturday plus other conference results, the Hoyas have clinched a double-bye in next week's Big East Tournament. Georgetown will begin play in Thursday's quarterfinals.
Meanwhile the Big East conference named Georgetown's starry sophomore Otto Porter Player of the Week for the third straight week. According to the school, Porter is the player to receive the back-to-back-to-back honor since the 2002-03 season.
In Georgetown's two wins, Porter averaged 25.0 points, 6.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.5 steals while shooting 54.2 percent from the field and 66.7 percent from 3-point range. The Missouri native showed up in the clutch against UConn, scoring 22 points including the game-winning layup in the closing seconds. Against Rutgers he finished with 28 points with a career-high 15 free throws, eight rebounds, four steals and three blocks.
The Hoyas close the regular season with games at Villanova on Wednesday and against Syracuse on Saturday.