Georgetown hires Patrick Ewing as men's basketball coach
In fact, here are five good reasons to be excited about the news.
He was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2008.
Ewing has never been a head coach at any level of basketball, but has spent the past 15 years as an assistant coach with four different NBA teams, including the Washington Wizards, with whom the Hoyas share the Verizon Center.
Ewing was seemingly a natural choice, as the Hall Of Famer who has been an assistant coach in the NBA for years previously propelled the Hoyas to its one and only national championship more than three decades ago. Ewing is also a two-time Olympic gold medalist.
The Hoyas has only been to the NCAA tournament once in the past four seasons. Thompson III, the son of former Georgetown coaching legend John Thompson II coached the Hoyas for 13 seasons. JT3 reached the Final Four in 2007 but failed to match or exceed that success for the remaining of his tenure until his was sacked late last month after 13 seasons.
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The move to hire Ewing comes days after an interesting move by Georgetown athletics to attempt to steal Mack away Cincinnati. He interviewed for National Basketball Association coaching jobs with the Sacramento Kings and Memphis Grizzlies. Truth is, it's always been important.
Meanwhile, programs such as Villanova and Xavier have filled the void in the new Big East.
It was announced early Monday that Patrick Ewing planned to take a formal interview with his Alma Mater, Georgetown. Isn't it ironic that Ewing gets hired on the day that North Carolina returns to the NCAA championship for the second year in a row? The Hoyas reached the title game two other times during his playing career. The 11-time all-star and 1986 rookie of the year posted career averages of 21.0 points, 9.8 rebounds and 2.4 blocks, and his 2,894 total blocks are seventh all-time in National Basketball Association history. But that was then and this is now. Baseline expectations for Georgetown next season are to lose to very few Gulf Coasts, and, possibly, avoid losing to DePaul for the third time in five seasons.
John Thompson Jr. coached Ewing at Georgetown, and the pair are still close.
Despite finishing his final two years with a combined record of 19-36, the youngest of the Thompson coaches leaves Georgetown in high regard, according to school president Jack Degioia.
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