Charlotte Hornets associate head coach Patrick Ewing is set to meet formally with Georgetown University to discuss becoming the head coach of the men’s basketball team, according to Adrian Wojnarowski:
Sources: After several phone discussions with Georgetown officials, Patrick Ewing will have formal meeting on coaching job in DC on Monday.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) April 3, 2017
Reports surfaced a few weeks ago over Georgetown’s interest in Ewing, who played for the Hoyas from 1981-1985, and won the national championship in 1984. According to an earlier report from Woj, the situation is complicated for Ewing given how close he is with John Thompson III, and the Thompson family, having played for his father while at Georgetown. Additionally, Ewing’s son, Patrick Ewing Jr., was on Thompson III’s staff.
The prospect of coaching of college is also one he has been reluctant to consider in the past. Having coached in the NBA as an assistant for 15 years, Ewing has long pursued a head coaching job, and was a finalist for the Sacramento Kings job last summer before it went David Joerger.
According to Woj, though, he has warmed to the idea of coaching his alma mater, and has been making preparations behind the scenes:
Sources: Ewing has spent week identifying potential candidates to pursue as part of a high-level, experienced college coaching staff.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) April 3, 2017
Ewing is certainly deserving of a head coaching job, having payed his dues for over a decade and a half as an assistant in Washington, Houston, Orlando, and Charlotte. The college game is a different landscape, however, and having no prior experience at the college level, he’s taking the right approach by seeking out experienced college coaches to be a part of his staff.
We’ll keep an eye on this as more news develops.