Georgetown is keeping it in the family once again, selecting perhaps the greatest player in school history as its next head basketball coach.
Patrick Ewing will replace the fired John Thompson III, the school announced Monday, giving the Hoyas legend his first shot at running a program after years as an NBA assistant.
The 54-year-old provides a strong tie to Georgetown's glory days under John Thompson in the 1980s, when Ewing was the centerpiece of a team that reached the national championship game in back-to-back seasons and won it all in 1984.
He went on to play 17 seasons in the NBA and stepped into coaching almost immediately upon retirement. He has worked on various NBA coaching staffs almost continuously since 2003, most recently serving as the associate head coach of the Hornets, but has never had a chance as a head coach in the NBA.
Now he'll have a chance to help restore a legacy he had a significant role in creating. The Hoyas have missed the NCAA Tournament the last two years, leading to John Thompson III's ouster after 13 years at the helm.