Hoyas' Porter named AP 1st-team All-American

Hoyas' Porter named AP 1st-team All-American
April 1, 2013, 12:45 pm
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The well-deserved honors continue rolling in for Georgetown's Otto Porter Jr. The sophomore forward Otto Porter Jr. tied Michigan's Trey Burke as the leading vote-getters on the Associated Press All-American team, the AP announced on Monday.

Already named the Big East Player of the Year, Porter became the first Hoya named to the AP first-team since Allen Iverson during the 1995-96 season. The all-around threat led Georgetown to a share of the Big East regular season title this season while pacing the team in scoring (16.2), rebounding (7.5), steals (1.8) and 3-point shooting percentage (42.2).

Porter and Burke both received 62 first-team votes and 319 points from the same 65-member national media panel that selects the weekly Top 25. 

Also named to the first team, Indiana swingman and former DeMatha product Victor Oladipo, Creighton's Doug McDermott and Gonzaga's Kelly Olynyk.

Porter joins Iverson, Patrick Ewing, Eric, Floyd, Reggie Williams and Alonzo Mourning as first team selections.  Ewing received the honor three times. Considering Porter is a likely lottery selection should he enter the NBA draft, he might not have a chance to join Ewing as the only multiple-time winners. 

Stellar throughout the season, Porter's stats jumped during Big East play as he averaged 18.1 points and 7.3 rebounds per game, while shooting 49.8 percent from the floor, 44.1 percent from beyond the 3-point arc and 80.7 percent from the free throw line. His national profile rose dramatically after blasting Syracuse with 33 points, five steals and five 3-pointers at the Carrier Dome. Georgetown closed the regular season winning 12 of 13 games, finished 14-4 in the conference and earned a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament.

The 6-foot-8 forward is also a finalist for the Naismith Trophy and for the Wooden Award. Both awards will be revealed this week during the Final Four. This past week the Basketball Times recognized him as its National Player of the Year.

Adding to his all-court resume, Porter Jr. was second on the team in blocked shots (0.9 bpg), ranked third on the team in assists per game (2.7 apg) and had seven double-doubles including in the NCAA Tournament loss to Florida Gulf Coast. He scored in double figures 27 times including eight games with at least 20 points.