Thursday, January 21, 2021

Done Deal: Patrick Ewing Returns to Georgetown as Head Basketball Coach

Assistant coach Patrick Ewing of the Charlotte Hornets looks on in the first half against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden on April 11, 2016 in Boston, Massachusetts.
Assistant coach Patrick Ewing of the Charlotte Hornets looks on in the first half against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden on April 11, 2016 in Boston, Massachusetts.

*Georgetown has agreed to hire former star player Patrick Ewing as the new head coach of men’s basketball, a source told ESPN’s Jeff Goodman, confirming multiple reports.

Ewing, currently the associate head coach of the NBA’s Charlotte Hornets takes over for John Thompson III, the son of his former coach with the Hoyas, John Thompson Jr.

As previously reported, Ewing met Monday with Georgetown officials while the Hornets were in town to prepare for their Tuesday game against the Washington Wizards.

According to ESPN, Ewing was the preferred choice of Thompson Jr. The former athlete played for him from 1982 to ’85, guiding the program to three national championship game appearances and one title. He went on have a Hall of Fame career in the NBA, playing 15 of his 17 years in the pros with New York Knicks. Ewing is also a two-time Olympic gold medalist.

Ewing joins Chris Mullin (St. John’s) as the only Div. I head coaches who were Hall of Famers as players. Both schools are in the Big East Conference.

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