Georgetown has hired former star player Patrick Ewing to be the school’s new head coach, the team announced. He replaces John Thompson III, the son of Ewing’s former coach with the Hoyas, John Thompson Jr. A news conference is scheduled for 11 a.m. Wednesday. Ewing, 54, joins Chris Mullin of St. John’s as the only Division I head coaches who were Hall of Famers as players. Both schools are in the Big East Conference.

Ewing, who has been the associate head coach of the NBA’s Charlotte Hornets, met Monday with Georgetown officials. The Hornets play Tuesday night in Washington against the Wizards, affording Ewing the chance to meet directly with Georgetown. Ewing was the preferred choice of Thompson Jr.

Ewing is a Georgetown legend who played for the elder Thompson from 1982 to ’85, guiding the program to three national championship game appearances and one title. He went on to have a Hall of Fame career in the NBA, playing 15 of his 17 years in the pros with the New York Knicks. Ewing is also a two-time Olympic gold medalist.

This will be Ewing’s first head coaching job after serving the better part of the last twelve year as an assistant coach in the NBA. He spent three years with the Houston Rockets under Jeff Van Gundy, who was also his head coach with the Knicks, before moving onto the Orlando Magic, serving under Jeff’s brother Stan. He was generally considered instrumental in the development of Dwight Howard, particularly in 2009, where Howard led Orlando to the NBA Finals, where he set an NBA record with nine blocks in game four of the finals, passing the old mark of eight, which Ewing set in 1994. But despite the experience, he was unable to get a job as a head coach, while seeing many of his contemporaries land head coaching jobs in spite of having the same or less experience, such as Brian Shaw, Mark Jackson, Steve Kerr, Derek Fisher, Jeff Hornacek, and Earl Watson.

Georgetown fired Thompson III on March 23. He spent the past 13 seasons as the Hoyas’ coach, going 278-151 with eight NCAA tournament appearances. Georgetown finished 14-18 this season, including a 5-13 mark in Big East play.

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