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Is Georgetown’s Otto Porter one of the 10 best players in D.C. area college basketball history? ESPN 980’s Andy Pollin recently made that argument.

“He does everything on the court, and that’s why I would put him that high,” Pollin recently said, during Porter’s ridiculous tear through the final month of the regular season.

Here was Pollin’s list, which did not include University of Virginia players

Patrick Ewing
Len Bias
Allen Iverson
Joe Smith
Buck Williams
John Lucas
Alonzo Mourning
Tom McMillen
Kermit Washington
Otto Porter

He later acknowledged that David Robinson should be on the list, assuming the Naval Academy counts as being in the D.C. area, which it does. And callers threw out a bunch of other names, including Juan Dixon, Jeff Green, Dikembe Mutombo, Sleepy Floyd, Steve Francis, Walt Williams and Greivis Vasquez.

In any case, this part isn’t arguable: Porter is one of the favorites for every national player of the year award. Which alone should put him in the conversation.

Jim Boeheim: “To me, this kid is the player of the year in the country. I don’t see it being close.”

The Dagger: “The candidate who carries the most momentum into March may be Porter, whose player of the year stock has mirrored Georgetown’s rise to the top of the Big East.”

Dana O’Neil: “Coming down the homestretch this season we have a solid five: Michigan’s Trey Burke, Indiana’s Victor Oladipo, Creighton’s Doug McDermott, Georgetown’s Otto Porter and, with the long-shot odds, Gonzaga’s Kelly Olynyk.”

Deadspin: “Take a look at the star players on each of the college basketball teams ranked in the top five this week, and you’ll notice a common pairing [of co-stars]….But in D.C., there’s Georgetown’s Otto Porter Jr., a 6-foot-8 sophomore who’s basically a one-man show.”

ESPN.com: “It can be argued that Porter is as valuable to his team as any player is in college basketball, at least according to Win Shares (which estimates the number of wins contributed by a player due to his offense and defense). Porter is the only player in Division I averaging at least 16 points, seven rebounds and two steals per game and shooting 50 percent from the field and 40 percent on 3-point attempts. In fact, he’s the only D-I player to put up those numbers since New Mexico’s Danny Granger in 2004-05.”

And so on. Believe it or not, Porter’s almost certain top three finish in POY voting puts him in pretty unique company in this area. The fine folks who run the Wooden Award voting were kind enough to send along the final order for player of the year voting since 1977; only 10 D.C. area players have finished in the top five, and only six D.C. area players have finished in the top three. Here are all the top 10 vote-getters.

2010, Greivis Vasquez, No. 7
2002, Juan Dixon, No. 3
2002, Lonny Baxter, No. 9
1996, Allen Iverson, No. 4
1992, Alonzo Mourning, No. 5
1992, Walt Williams, No. 7
1989, Charles Smith, No. 4
1987, David Robinson, No. 1
1987, Reggie Williams, No. 3
1986, Len Bias, No. 3
1986, Dell Curry, No. 9
1985, Patrick Ewing, No. 2
1985, Len Bias, No. 10
1984, Patrick Ewing, No. 3
1983, Ralph Sampson, No. 1
1983, Patrick Ewing, No. 7
1982, Ralph Sampson, No. 1
1982, Eric Floyd, No. 4
1982, Patrick Ewing, No. 5
1981, Ralph Sampson, No. 2
1981, Jeff Lamp, No. 6
1980, Albert King, No. 8

So….is Otto Porter a top 10 D.C. area basketball player?