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Otto opts for NBA

All-American Otto Porter Jr. is leaving Georgetown after his sophomore season and declaring himself eligible for the NBA draft. “The toughest part was knowing you’re going to leave a great place like this,” Porter (left in photo) said Monday at a news conference on campus alongside Hoyas coach John Thompson III (right in photo). “I love this place.” Porter was the Big East Player of the Year and finished second in the voting behind Michigan’s Trey Burke for the Associated Press player-of-the-year award. Helping a team that was unranked in the preseason reach as high as No. 5 in the AP poll, Porter averaged 16.2 points and 7.5 rebounds, both highs for Georgetown. The 6-foot-8 Porter, of Sikeston, Mo., was Georgetown’s sixth All-America selection and first since Allen Iverson in 1996. – Associated Press