June 29, 2017

Georgetown hires Patrick Ewing as men's basketball coach

06 April 2017, 02:41 | Simon Arnold

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ESPN's Jeff Goodman reported Monday Georgetown is set to hire Ewing to lead the Hoyas following the firing of long-tenured head coach John Thompson III, the son of Ewing's former coach with the Hoyas, John Thompson Jr. Georgetown reached the NCAA Tournament eight times during Thompson's reign, including a Final Four appearance in 2006-07 when the club went 30-7.

Meanwhile, programs such as Villanova and Xavier have filled the void in the new Big East.

It was that impressive resume and strong ties to the school that will likely earn him a hefty pay day from Georgetown, which made no secret that Ewing was not its top choice for its next coach. Sources have confirmed today that Patrick Ewing will be the next head coach for the Georgetown Hoyas. His extensive National Basketball Association coaching experience as an assistant makes him substantially more qualified to take over his Big East alma mater than Chris Mullin, who became head coach at St. John's in 2015 despite never holding a college or National Basketball Association coaching position and is 22-43 in two seasons. He already had interviews for vacancies in the National Basketball Association last summer with the Memphis Grizzlies and the Sacramento Kings.

There will continue to be a significant amount of speculation as to whether or not this was the correct hire for the Georgetown Hoyas.

Now it will be up to Ewing to restore Georgetown to the place in the college basketball landscape that he brought the Hoyas to as a player. Ewing was voted as the 16th best college player of all-time and is in the coveted National Basketball Association 50. No one wanted Patrick Ewing to be a head coach and the league was starting to look very suspect.

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Now, Georgetown has gotten rid of JT3 but replaced him with the best college player the elder Thompson ever coached.

Patrick Ewing is finally getting his shot.

Before finishing the most recent 2016-2017 campaign with a 14-18 record, Georgetown finished the 2015-2016 season with a almost identical 15-18 overall record.

Ewing graduated from Georgetown in 1985 after being named consensus first-team all-American for three straight years, beginning when he was a sophomore. In fact in 2014, the beloved New York Knicks, the same Knicks were Ewing dominated inside the paint, overlooked the star center in favor of newly retired point guard Derek Fisher.

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