Georgetown's Otto Porter Jr. named All-Big East first team

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Hoyas sophomore is only unanimous pick

The regular season is over, making it time for the Otto Porter Jr. accolades to start coming in.

Georgetown's standout sophomore forward was the only unanimous selection to the six-member All-Big East first team announced Sunday, setting the stage for him to be named the conference player of the year Tuesday at the start of the Big East tournament in New York.

Porter (16.4 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 2.7 apg) finished among the top eight players in the league in six different categories in conference play. He was second in both scoring (18.1 points per game) and 3-point shooting percentage (.441), third in steals (1.83 per game), fifth in rebounding (7.3 per game), sixth in field goal percentage (.498) and eighth in free throw percentage (.807), which included a league high in makes and attempts at the line (15-for-18) in the Hoyas' win over Rutgers on March 3.

All-Big East
First team
Otto Porter Jr., G'town, So., F
Shabazz Napier, UConn, Jr., G
Gorgui Dieng, Louisville, Jr., C
Russ Smith, Louisville, Jr., G
Jack Cooley, Notre Dame, Sr., F
Bryce Cotton, Providence, Jr., G
Second team
Sean Kilpatrick, Cincinnati, Jr., G
Vander Blue, Marquette, Sr., G
Jerian Grant, Notre Dame, Jr., G
M. Carter-Williams, Syr., So., G
C.J. Fair, Syracuse, Jr., F
Third team
Markel Starks, G'town, Jr., G
Peyton Siva, Louisville, Sr., G
Tray Woodall, Pittsburgh, Sr., G
Brandon Triche, Syracuse, Sr., G
J. Pinkston, Villanova, So., F
Honorable mention
D. Gardner, Marquette, Jr., F
Kadeem Batts, Providence, Jr., F
J. Sampson, St. John's, Fr., F
Fuquan Edwin, Seton Hall, Jr., F
Rookie
Omar Calhoun, UConn, Fr., G
D. Smith-Rivera, G'town, Fr., G
Steven Adams, Pittsburgh, Fr., C
Chris Obekpa, St. John's, Fr., C
J. Sampson, St. John's, Fr., F
R. Arcidiacono, Villanova, Fr., G

Georgetown (24-5, 14-4 Big East) had two other players named to All-Big East teams. Junior guard Markel Starks (12.4 ppg, 2.9 apg) was named to the third team, and freshman D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera (9.0 ppg) was named to the All-Rookie team.

Porter is the fourth player in four years from Georgetown to be named to the first team, following Greg Monroe (2009-10), Austin Freeman (2010-11) and Jason Clark (2011-12).

With the completion of conference play, the Hoyas learned their path to a Big East tournament championship, which would complement the regular-season title they claimed with Saturday's 61-39 win over Syracuse.

As the top seed, Georgetown will await the winner of ninth-seeded Cincinnati (21-10, 9-9) and eighth-seeded Providence (17-13, 9-9) in the quarterfinals Thursday. The Hoyas led by 19 points at halftime en route to a 74-65 victory over the Friars on Jan. 16. They held off the Bearcats 62-55 on Feb. 15 in a difficult road game in which Mikael Hopkins fouled out and three other Georgetown starters finished with four fouls.

In the semifinals, the Hoyas could have a rematch with Pittsburgh (24-7, 12-6), which handed Georgetown a 73-45 defeat on Jan. 8, its worst loss in nearly four decades. Georgetown also could find itself in a third contest against Syracuse. The Hoyas and Orange most recently met in the 2010 Big East quarterfinals.

cstouffer@washingtonexaminer.com

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