After being the No. 1 overall pick in the 1985 NBA Draft, Ewing made 11 NBA All-Star teams as a member of the New York Knicks. While playing for the Hoyas Ewing brought an NCAA championship to the school along with three appearances to the Final Four. That should be fun to watch from a rivalry standpoint, especially considering how things went down between the two programs toward the end of a Big East tournament matchup last month.
Since 2003, Patrick Ewing has been an National Basketball Association assistant coach with the Rockets, Magic and Hornets.
"Welcome home @GeorgetownHoops Coach Patrick Ewing!" the university posted on its Twitter feed on Monday after reports of the appointment had surfaced in USA media.
Ewing has reportedly interviewed for several National Basketball Association gigs the past couple years, looking to make the jump from assistant to head coach in the pros; as he was never extended an offer to coach his own professional team, he remained on Clifford's staff before the Georgetown opportunity appeared. He will immediately assume his duties as coach, leaving his now-former position as an assistant coach of the NBA's Charlotte Hornets. He also interviewed for the head coaching job with the Sacramento Kings.
Ewing's hire underscores Georgetown's relationship with the Thompson family and in particular Thompson Jr., who has a longstanding friendship with DeGioia.
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The Georgetown Hoyas hire Ewing after parting ways (courtesy of CBS Washington) with John Thompson III a couple of weeks ago.
Patrick Ewing brings a lot of coaching experience to the Georgetown Hoyas from being on National Basketball Association sidelines. 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.
In announcing the hire, Georgetown called Ewing "the greatest men's basketball player to ever don the Blue (and) Gray".
He was the college player of the year in 1985. The jury is still out on Patrick Ewing as a head coach and a college recruiter. In 2015, St. John's hired Chris Mullin as its coach to rebuild a program that once competed regularly with Georgetown for supremacy in the Big East during the conference's formative years.