The Georgetown Hoyas swept the individual awards this week, and rightfully so. Each player finished with a career high in points in an individual game; a feat that one player accomplished in one game while his teammate did it in another. One was just a little bit more important than the other…
Player of the Week:
Otto Porter finished with 33 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists and 5 steals in the Hoyas enormous win at Syracuse on Saturday afternoon. Porter played all 40 minutes and pretty much singlehandedly willed Georgetown to a 57-46 victory in their last conference game at the Carrier Dome. Otto had been slowly creeping his way into the National Player of the Year discussion, and his performance over the weekend put him smack dab in the middle of it.
Porter also accumulated 11 points and 3 rebounds in an easy win over DePaul earlier in the week at home. He banged his knee and ended up only playing 20 minutes, as the fate of the game was pretty much determined fairly early into the second half.
Rookie of the Week:
D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera tallied a career high 33 points in Georgetown’s win over DePaul in the middle of last week. That was the best freshman scoring performance for Georgetown in 17 years. He finished 10 of 12 from the field, including 5 of 6 from 3-point range. He also made 8 of his 10 free throw attempts while chipping in with 3 rebounds in the 34 minutes of playing time he got. Georgetown tends to struggle from the field for longer than desired stretches (including Satruday – everyone but Porter struggled), but if Smith-Rivera can become more consistent the Hoyas will become less prone to erratic offensive performances.