After the Georgetown Hoyas basketball team fired their former head coach, John Thompson III, many accused the school of not having a plan when looking for a new coach, and they just proved everyone wrong hiring Georgetown great Patrick Ewing as their newest head coach. Ewing, who has spent the last 15 years as an assistant coach in the NBA with the last 4 of those in Charlotte, played at Georgetown from 1981 to 1985. During his time as a college player, he averaged 15 points and 9 rebounds, won a National Championship, and was awarded the Naismith Award and Rupp Trophy, as well as being a three time consensus All-American. In fact, he did all of this under his predecessor’s father John Thompson Jr.
Thompson III was relieved of his duties following a 15-18 season and an 8th place finish in the Big East. This will be Ewing’s first time having to recruit as he has only coached at the NBA level, but having the allure of being a hall of famer has to be a big help when it comes to recruiting. It will also be his first time calling the shots as he has always been an assistant.
The former Knick will be looking to do what few coaches have done by winning the National Championship as a player and as a coach. If he coaches with the same intensity he showed on the court and is able to draw in some good recruiting classes, Ewing could get this Georgetown team back into contention for possible Big East and NCAA Championships.