The Georgetown Hoyas are reportedly considering their most famous and decorated basketball alumnus Patrick Ewing for their head coaching vacancy, as per Adrian Wojnarowski of the Vertical.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) March 24, 2017
The current Charlotte Hornets Associate Head Coach has been amongst NBA staff roles for the past 15 years, and while committed to staying in the league, the opening at Georgetown may be too enticing to turn down. The former New York Knicks center was a three-time All-American for the Hoyas, and even lead them to a national championship in 1984. He was then drafted as the number one pick the following year by New York, further cementing his place as one of Georgetown’s best products.
The possibility of working with his son, Patrick Ewing Jr., who was a member of the coaching staff at Georgetown, may sway the former eleven-time All-Star further.
After slipping into the depths of mediocrity recently, previous head coach John Thompson III was fired on Thursday after a thirteen-year tenure with the Hoyas. His father, John Thompson coached Ewing when he was in college, and it is reported that Ewing was emotional upon hearing the news of Thompson III’s sacking, per Wojnarowksi.
— Karen Travers (@karentravers) March 23, 2017
The following is from Wojnarowski’s report:
Ewing has proven himself to be a tenacious worker and engaged tactician in the NBA as part of staffs with Steve Clifford, Jeff Van Gundy and Stan Van Gundy.
For Georgetown, Ewing’s candidacy could represent the most opportunistic scenario to keep the school’s coaching job in the Hoyas’ family. Since John Thompson’s hiring in 1972, the program has had only three coaches – Thompson, Craig Esherick and John Thompson III.
Ewing was unlucky to not land a head-coaching position in the NBA last season when an opening with the Sacramento Kings became available, only for former Memphis Grizzlies coach Dave Joeger to snatch it away from under Ewing’s nose.