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Menges Selected In Pro Draft

Georgetown senior defender Emily Menges was selected 25th overall by the Portland Thorns FC in the National Women’s Soccer League Draft on Friday afternoon. It was the second straight day a Georgetown soccer player was drafted into a top soccer league in the country.  The New England Revolution took forward Steve Neumann of the men’s team with the fourth overall pick in the MLS SuperDraft on Thursday.

“We are very proud of Emily,” Head Coach Dave Nolan told guyhoyas.com. “She will be an absolute steal for Portland.  Her decision to graduate in May and stay in school this spring prevented her from being drafted much higher.”
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Otto Porter Summer League Recap: Former Hoya Struggles, Sits

Shooting woes and a hamstring injury characterized former Hoya Otto Porter’s first taste of NBA action as the Washington Wizards competed last week in the Las Vegas Summer League.

Porter, selected third overall by the Wizards in last month’s draft, began sharply in his first game against the Warriors, draining his first two shots. But he would struggle after that, finishing the game just 3-13 from the floor in Washington’s 56-52 loss.

Don't hit the panic button just yet.

Don’t hit the panic button just yet.

Although he played small forward during his time on the Hilltop, the 6-foot-9 Porter started his first Summer League game at shooting guard, where he had been spending some time in practice. According to Wizards assistant Sam Cassell, the team will move Porter around throughout the year to experiment with his skillset and exploit his offensive versatility.

“I’m going to have him playing shooting guard, small forward, he’s going to bring the ball up the court, sometimes,” Cassel told the Washington Post. “We’re trying to figure out the things he can do in our offense. That’s why I started him at the two guard.”

The Wizards kept Porter at shooting guard for their second game against the New York Knicks, and he again got off to a quick start, with eight points in the first half. In the final two quarters, however, he again faded on the offensive end, going 0-for-5 from the field.

With the highest draft pick in Vegas failing to produce, the Knicks were able to coast to a 82-69 win.

Porter left the Wizards’ third game against the Denver Nuggets after six minutes due to tightening in his right hamstring. He would sit out the team’s final two games as a precautionary measure.

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Otto Porter Jr. Selected No. 3 Overall by Wizards in 2013 NBA Draft

Nearly all NBA draft picks have to move to a new city to play at the next level. Otto Porter Jr. may not have to change lockers.

The Washington Wizards selected Porter Jr. with the third pick in the 2013 NBA Draft Thursday night, keeping the Georgetown star local for at least the beginning of his professional career.

The 20-year-old Porter Jr. — who declared for the draft after a stellar sophomore season in which he was named unanimous Big East player of the year — was widely considered one of the best prospects available. Most draft analysts correctly predicted that he would end up with the Wizards, though some saw the Cleveland Cavaliers selecting him with the first overall pick. (They surprisingly picked UNLV forward Anthony Bennett.)

Porter Jr. is expected to start in Washington at the small forward position, filling in as the third scorer behind star point guard John Wall and promising second-year shooting guard Bradley Beal.

Porter Jr. was widely considered the safest pick at the top of an uncertain draft, thanks to his high basketball IQ, reliable jumpshot and solid-but-not-spectacular athleticism — though the man himself apparently doesn’t see it that way, comparing himself to Oklahoma City superstar Kevin Durant in an interview with ESPN’s Jalen Rose and Bill Simmons.

The news of Porter Jr.’s destination has been unsurprisingly well-received among Georgetown fans, who will be able to watch their favorite rookie without leaving the District of Columbia.

Notes:

-  Porter Jr. sported a classy gray suit and light purple to Brooklyn’s Barclays Center for the draft.

-  He will reportedly wear No. 35 for the Wizards, his father’s old number. He wore his mother’s No. 22 in high school and college.

-  Prior to announcing Porter Jr.’s selection, NBA Commissioner David Stern paused for a brief taunt, saying “I can’t hear you” to provoke more boos from the crowd. This is the retiring commissioner’s final stint at the draft, where the crowd customarily greets him with boos and jeers.

DOLPHINS SIGN LB MCCABE AS FREE AGENT

Two days after the NFL draft, Georgetown senior linebacker Robert McCabe earned his own call to the professional football ranks Monday, signing as a free agent for the Miami Dolphins. McCabe, the Hoya defense’s unquestioned leader and standout, will receive an opportunity to become just the second Georgetown player in the modern era to play in the NFL, joining 2003 alumnus Alex Buzbee, who made the Washington Redskins’ roster in 2007.

Despite the Blue and Gray’s paltry 5-6 record and 2-3 mark in the Patriot League in the 2012 season, McCabe excelled in his senior year, posting 159 tackles, 14.5 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks en route to being named the Patriot League defensive player of the year and a finalist for the Football Championship Series national defensive player of the year. His All-American performance put NFL scouts on watch, prompting Miami to sign him as one of four FCS players given a tryout for the team. Although the deal was announced Monday, McCabe said that he actually signed on Saturday.

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Hoyas in the Pros: Updates on Every Alum Playing in a Pro League

Roy Hibbert, Indiana Pacers – 11.9 points, 8.3 rebounds, 2.6 blocks

The Knickerbockers have taken a two-game lead over Hibbert and the Pacers for the No. 2 seed in the East which means that a match-up with either Atlanta or Chicago is Indiana’s likely first-round draw. Last Saturday, Roy marked his return to Verizon Center with 25 points and 10 rebounds, but the Wizards (who would maybe be in the playoffs if John Wall had been healthy all year) beat down Indiana, 104-85. There are three games left in the regular season for the Pacers, including a huge trip to Madison Square Garden on Sunday. A win would put the Pacers a game back of New York with just a trip to Boston and a meeting with Philadelphia at home remaining. New York closes out in Charlotte and at home to Atlanta. It doesn’t really matter though, as nobody from the East will beat El Heat.

Greg Monroe, Detroit Pistons, 16.0 points, 9.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists

At 27-52, the Pistons are tied for the fifth worst record in the league; however Monroe continues to perform well as the 22-year-old is one of the league’s most promising youngsters. With the help of an improved Andre Drummond, a lottery pick and a proven veteran free agent, I fully expect that Monroe could average 20 points and 12 boards within the next few seasons. Drummond had a career high 29 points and Monroe had 23 himself in Detroit’s 111-104 victory over Cleveland this past Wednesday. Surround these two post presences with some shooters and Detroit isn’t going to struggle to find offense. If you are a fan of NBA games that really don’t matter, the Pistons host the Bobcats tonight at 7:30.

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Hoyas in the Pros: Hibbert, Green Catching Fire Late in Season

Roy Hibbert, Indiana Pacers – 11.6 points, 8.3 rebounds, 2.6 blocks

Roy had a big week since our last post, notching 20 points and seven rebounds in a 112-104 win over the Suns in the desert before posting 26 and 10 in an impressive 109-106 over the best team in Los Angeles, the Clippers. Unfortunately for Indiana, the Knickerbockers are blazing hot right now with 10 straight wins and have overtaken the second seed in the East. Hibbert is third in the NBA in blocks behind Serge Ibaka and Larry Saunders.

Greg Monroe, Detroit Pistons – 16 points, 9.6 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 1.3 steals                

A reoccurring theme of this blog has been that Greg Monroe is a great player, but his team is just terrible. Monroe averaged 22 points and just over 10 boards per game over the past week as the Pistons went 1-2 with losses to Boston and Chicago. Detroit has the fifth-worst record in the league, so the right pick should presumably translate into more wins next year. Maybe Otto will go to the Pistons and the best Hoyas to leave after their sophomore year since Iverson can reign terror on the Eastern Conference.

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