He appeared in 838 games (686 started), averaging 17.1 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 2.8 bpg in 31 minutes of playing time.
He was named a defensive player of the year 2 times, an All-Star and won a championship with the Miami Heat in 2006.
Now it looks like his son, 6’9 Trey Mourning is following his dad’s footsteps.
He’s a high school junior, yet President Barack Obama and the first lady have been in his house. He has an honorary “Uncle Patrick” (Ewing) and an honorary “Uncle Dikembe” (Mutombo).
Mourning is a rising star in the game his father once dominated, but he’s not yet the best player on his team at Miami Ransom Everglades.
Mourning, tantalizingly agile and skilled for someone his size, fractured a finger on his left hand and missed 11 games earlier this season.
But in 18 games, he has been impressive, averaging 11.8 points, 12.5 rebounds and 7.4 blocks.
Mourning has been predicted to become a national recruit after this season. He is already just one inch shorter than his dad, and doctors have projected he could grow to 7-2.
Beyond basketball, Mourning is a huge soccer fan, rooting for AC Milan in club ball, and Italy and Brazil in the World Cup.
In fact, he and his father have planned a trip to Brazil in the summer of 2014 to watch the World Cup, and Trey has been using Rosetta Stone tapes to learn Portuguese in advance of the epic event.
The oldest of three children, Mourning is an A’s and B’s student, is interested in international business and is already fairly fluent in Spanish. Smart, multilingual and multitalented, Mourning would seem a natural fit for say, Miami or FIU.
But, for now at least, he prefers going away for college, although he is a long way from picking a school, a decision he said will be made with his father being very involved.
“I’m just worried about getting better,” he said. “We have a state championship to win — recruiting is the least of my worries.”Follow @exnbadotcom
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