Georgetown's Otto Porter Jr. expected to announce his intentions Monday

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Hoyas sophomore is projected as lottery pick if he declares for NBA Draft

Otto Porter Jr. appears ready to declare whether he's staying at Georgetown or heading to the NBA.

The Hoyas announced that Porter and coach John Thompson III will meet with the media on Monday at 3 p.m.

The All-American, finalist for both the Naismith and Wooden awards and Big East player of the year is expected to reveal whether he will forego his remaining eligibility and enter the NBA Draft or return for his junior season.

The 6-foot-8 sophomore from Morley, Mo., could be Georgetown's highest pick in the draft since Jeff Green was selected fifth overall should he decide to turn professional. Porter averaged a team-best 16.2 points and 7.5 rebounds per game along with 2.7 assists and 1.8 steals for the Hoyas (25-7), who captured their first Big East regular-season title since 2008. He also improved his 3-point accuracy from 22.6 percent as a freshman to 42.2 percent as a sophomore.

ESPN.com draft analysis Chad Ford has Porter projected as the No. ?4 overall pick, and DraftExpress.com has him as the No. 8 selection.

Porter increased his production after Georgetown lost second-leading scorer and rebounder Greg Whittington to academic ineligibility in January. But his rising draft stock was joined by a national profile when he put up a career-high 33 points in a 57-46 win over Syracuse at the Carrier Dome on Feb. 23. That performance was followed by his game-winning basket in double overtime on the road at Connecticut and 28 points, eight rebounds, four steals and three blocks in a victory over Rutgers.

"He's the most versatile player that I've seen in a long time," Orange coach Jim Boeheim said at the time. "He can dribble the ball, pass the ball, rebound. He can block a shot. He can shoot the 3 tremendously. I think that might be something that's a little underrated about him -- or was underrated. He's the most versatile player we've seen in this league in a long time."

Porter became the first player since 2003 to earn three straight Big East player of the week awards and was a unanimous first team All-Big East selection. He struggled shooting in both of Georgetown's postseason losses, going a combined 9-for-30 from the field and 1-for-5 from 3-point range in defeats against Syracuse in the Big East quarterfinals and in an upset by No. 15 seed Florida Gulf Coast in the second round of the NCAA tournament.

cstouffer@washingtonexaminer.com

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