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Georgetown hires Patrick Ewing as men's basketball coach

Georgetown hires Patrick Ewing as men's basketball coach

"We very much look forward to welcoming him back to our Hilltop as the Head Coach of our men's basketball team".

Congratulations to Georgetown on hiring Patrick Ewing.

Ewing, 54, is in his fourth season as an assistant coach with the Hornets. He has been the associate coach for the Charlotte Hornets since 2013 and was widely expected to eventually become a head coach in the National Basketball Association. Ewing scored 24,815 points during his 17-year National Basketball Association career to go along with 11,607 rebounds. He spent the past 13 seasons as the Hoyas' coach, going 278-151 with eight NCAA tournament appearances.

From the moment Georgetown made the decision to cut ties with John Robinson III, there was one coaching candidate that appeared to tower over many other possibilities.

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Whether Patrick Ewing can reverse that trend will depend on how well he adjusts to the recruiting trail. He worked as an assistant coach for the Washington Wizards, Houston Rockets and Orlando Magic before taking an associate head coach position with the Hornets in 2013. "Thompson coached some great players and some great offenses in the late 2000s, but he fell off", SB Nation reports.

For those too young to remember Ewing as a standout on the basketball court in college, this excerpt from 30 for 30's "Requiem for the Big East" will provide a fresh reminder. He was named Big East Player of the Year that season.

His dominance and Big John's tenacity gave the program an intimidating image that captivated fans locally and nationally while paving the way for a long line of great centers including Alonzo Mourning and Dikembe Mutombo. They are trusting that one of their legendary players can help bring them back to prominence. In one particular instance, after nearly being plunked by an orange thrown from the stands, Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim grabbed a microphone and threatened to forfeit the game if his fans did anything like that again. But he has the name recognition, the pedigree as a professional, and the backing of Georgetown University. Ewing has never shown an indication that he would be interested in taking a college job, but if there was ever a job for him to take this would be the one. Everything will come down to his coaching style.

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