Two weeks after parting ways with longtime coach John Thompson III, the Georgetown Hoyas have chosen to anoint former alum Patrick Ewing as the new man at the helm. The move to hire Ewing comes after the Hoyas’ unsuccessful attempt to attract the interest of big name college coaches Shaka Smart (Texas) and Mike Brey (Notre Dame).
Ewing now joins Chris Mack (Xavier) and Chris Mullin (St. Johns) as Big East coaches to lead their alma mater. What makes Ewing unique is that he has spent over a decade as an assistant in the NBA, including stints with the Houston Rockets, Orlando Magic (highlighted by a 2009 NBA Finals appearance), and his current role with the Charlotte Hornets. A position he will immediately step down from to start his new job with the Hoyas.
In his own college heyday, Patrick was one of fiercest competitors and an undeniable paint presence. He averaged 15.3 points, 9.3 rebounds, 1.2 steals and 3.4 blocks over his 4-year career with the Hoyas. He amassed a bevy of accolades such as National Player of the Year, 3X first team All-American selection, and two-time Big East Player of the Year. The legendary big man also lead the Hoyas to a 1984 national championship, cementing his status as one of the more more decorated college basketball players of all time.
For every good head coach, there is a great supporting cast alongside him. There is no information currently out that hints at who Ewing will chose to fill out his staff, but we can expect him to bring on experienced voices who can help make the transition a smooth one.
With the recent national success of former DMV area players like Josh Hart and Kris Jenkins, both of whom that did not garner strong interest from the Georgetown, it is important for Ewing and his staff to be able to connect with local players who can make his job easier
It’s safe to say that, upon arrival, Ewing has his work cut out for him. In addition to the recent decision of Tremon Waters to decommit, the Hoyas are also losing three current Seniors–Bradley Hayes, Rodney Pryor, and Reggie Cameron– and L.J. Peak who has decided to pursue a professional career. Whether or not more players decide to leave in the immediate future remains to be seen.
On a positive note, the Hoyas other recruit Antwan Walker, a 4-star, is still on board to join the team next season. If there are no further transfers Ewing will still have the services of talented players such as Marcus Derrickson, Jessie Govan, and Jagan Mosely.
Buckle up Hoya Nation…this will be an interesting ride!