NEW YORK – Georgetown forward Otto Porter, Jr., who helped lead the Hoyas to a share of the BIG EAST regular-season crown and the No. 1 seed in The BIG EAST Championship Presented by American Eagle Outfitters, has been named BIG EAST Player of the Year by a unanimous vote of the league’s head coaches who were not permitted to vote for their own players.
St. John’s freshman forward JaKarr Sampson was selected BIG EAST Rookie of the Year. Georgetown coach John Thompson III was chosen BIG EAST Coach of the Year.
A 6-8 sophomore from Morley, Mo., Porter has been one of the BIG EAST’s most versatile performers. In league games, he ranked second in the BIG EAST in scoring with an 18.1 average. He was fifth in rebounding with a 7.3 mark and tied for third in steals with a 1.8 average. He hit 44.1 percent of his 3-point attempts which ranked second in the league. In all games, his scoring average is 16.4.
The last Georgetown player to be named BIG EAST Player of the Year was Jeff Green in 2006-07. A Georgetown player has won the award seven times.
Sampson is the second straight St. John’s player to capture BIG EAST Rookie of the Year honors. Last year, Moe Harkless won the award. Sampson, a native of Barberton, Ohio, is the BIG EAST’s top freshman scorer and rebounder. He is averaging 14.9 points, which is 12th in the league. His rebound average is 6.6, which is also 12th. This season, he was named BIG EAST Rookie of the Week seven times.
Thompson led Georgetown to a tie for the BIG EAST regular-season title and the No. 1 seed in The BIG EAST Championship presented by American Eagle Outfitters. Picked fifth in the BIG EAST Preseason Coaches’ Poll, the Hoyas finished with a 14-4 conference record and a 24-5 overall mark. Georgetown put together an 11-game BIG EAST winning streak, the longest in the conference this season and longest for the Hoyas in league history.
In Thompson’s nine seasons at Georgetown, the Hoyas have been BIG EAST regular-season champions three times. His Georgetown coaching record is 208-87. His BIG EAST regular-season record is 99-57. Thompson’s father, the legendary John Thompson, was named BIG EAST Coach of the Year three times.
BIG EAST Player of the Year
Otto Porter, Jr., Georgetown
BIG EAST Rookie of the Year
JaKarr Sampson, St. John’s
BIG EAST Coach of the Year
John Thompson III, Georgetown