Patrick Ewing was a legendary player for the Georgetown Hoyas, but after six seasons as head coach, he won’t be back next season.
Ewing decided to return to his alma mater during the 2017-18 season to become head coach. After showing promise in his first two seasons, things haven’t gone well.
A 6-25 season in 2021-22 was followed by a 7-25 record last year, prompting the turnaround.
He leaves with a 79-109 record.
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However, Ewing’s departure as manager doesn’t change the fact that he will «always be a Hoya.»
«I am very proud to graduate from Georgetown University,» Ewing said in a statement, via ESPN. «And I am very grateful to the president [John J.] DeGioa for giving me the opportunity to achieve my ambition to be a head basketball coach. It is particularly meaningful to me to be in charge of the basketball program at my alma mater. I wish the program nothing but success. I will always be a Hoya.»
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Ewing’s best season was 2018-19 when the Hoyas went 19-14. He led his team to the NCAA Tournament during the 2020-21 season after winning the Big East tournament despite a 13-13 record.
They didn’t fare very well against Villanova in the first round of the Big East tournament this season, losing 80-48 on Wednesday night.
The Hoyas went 2-18 in Big East play this season.
«Patrick Ewing is the heart of Georgetown basketball,» DeGioa said. «I am deeply grateful to Coach Ewing for his vision, his determination and all that he has allowed Georgetown to achieve. Over the past six years, he has been relentless in his dedication to his team and the youth he coached, and we will.» I will always be grateful to Patrick for his courage and his leadership in our Georgetown community.»
Ewing was one of the greatest college basketball players in history after coming to Georgetown for the 1981-82 season and averaging 12.7 points, 7.5 rebounds, and 3.2 blocks in 37 games as a freshman.
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His next season, Ewing saw an increase in offensive production with 17.7 points and 10.2 rebounds in 32 games. Ewing led Georgetown to a national championship his junior season.
After playing his senior season in 1984-85, Ewing entered the NBA Draft and was the consensus top pick.
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The New York Knicks finished with the first overall pick and made their decision that night with a huge celebration. Ewing had a Hall of Fame career, spending 15 seasons in New York, 11 of which were All-Stars. The franchise also retired its No. 33.