Patrick Ewing is headed back to Georgetown
“I think if it was any other university I wouldn't be doing this,” Ewing explained about leaving the NBA to become head coach at Georgetown. “But it's my alma mater – It's Georgetown. You know, I'm a Hoya. Any other university and the answer would be ‘No, I'm going to stay in the NBA.’ But I just thought it was something that I needed to do.”
Ewing, who helped Georgetown clinch its historic win in the NCAA Division Men’s Basketball Tournament in 1984, is a Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame inductee, a three-time consensus First Team All-American, National Champion and Most Outstanding Player of the 1984 NCAA Tournament.
He also claims a No. 1 overall NBA Draft selection, NBA Rookie of the Year, 11-time NBA All-Star, and is a member of the original Dream Team and the NBA’s 50th Anniversary All-Time Team.
After playing professionally, primarily with the New York Knicks, he went on to a 15-year coaching career as an assistant in the NBA.
Ewing said his return to the Hilltop will bring a mix of the old-school, hard-nosed Big East basketball that helped establish Georgetown as a national powerhouse with an updated NBA style of play.
“It's my vision to try to play a style of ball that's going to be conducive and similar to the style we play in the NBA,” Ewing explained. “I want it to be up-tempo, push the ball, shoot threes if you have them. It's similar to the way that we play in Charlotte. There is a more up-tempo pace and similar to what we did when I was here.”
When asked by a reporter how he felt about playing against St. John’s Chris Mullin, Ewing said it was looking forward to it.
“I was joking with someone on my way into the press conference,” Ewing said. “I said we need to get back to the way it was. No one liked us, Hoya paranoia, smacking people down. Just get back to the old Big East where it was a rough and tumble Big East.”