Porter named Big East's top player; JT3 Coach of the Year

Porter named Big East's top player; JT3 Coach of the Year
March 12, 2013, 5:15 pm
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Georgetown coach John Thompson III reacts to winning Big East coach of the year

The Big East conference made it official on Tuesday: Georgetown's Otto Porter Jr. went from being an all-rookie snub as a freshman to the conference's unanimous Player of the Year selection as a sophomore.

Porter's coach, John Thompson III, has dealt with such award-season slights during his first eight-years at Georgetown and in the conference. Finally, in his ninth campaign, the head Hoya is slighted no more as Thompson was named the Big East Coach of the Year.

Georgetown (24-5, 14-4) finished the regular season in three-way tie for first place atop the Big East standings thanks to the efforts of the 6-foot-8 all-court performer and his tactical coach who kept the team confident despite a rough start to the conference season.

Porter averaged 16.4 points, 7.5 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 2.0 steals, 1.0 block while shooting 50.2 percent from the field, 77.4 percent on free throws and 44.0 percent from beyond the 3-point arc.

Porter's numbers rose in conference play as he carried the Hoyas to a share of the conference title despite the team starting 0-2 and then losing second-leading scorer and rebounder Greg Whittington to an academic suspension. In conference games only, Porter finished second in scoring (18.1) and 3-point shooting (44.1), third in steals and among the top-10 in rebounding and field goal percentage.

He is the seventh Hoya to win Big East Player of the Year honors and the first since Jeff Green in 2006-07

The Hoyas have both the Big East Coach and Player of Year in same season for first time since 1991-92 when John Thompson Jr. and Alonzo Mourning were honored.

Georgetown put together an 11-game Big East winning streak, the longest in the conference this season and matching the program's longest in league history.

Thompson, who took over the program for the 2004-05 season, also led the Hoyas to back-to-back regular season titles from 2006-2008.

On Monday Porter was a unanimous All-Big East first team selection with Markel Starks named to the third-team and D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera to the All-rookie team

St. John's JaKarr Sampson was named Big East Rookie of the Year on Tuesday.