Patrick Ewing receives great gift for his Georgetown Hoyas debut


patrick-ewing-georgetown-hoyasEx-NBA star Patrick Ewing is getting ready to step up as the head coach of the Georgetown Hoyas next season. It seems that the presence of a head coach of Ewing’s caliber attracts major prospects to Georgetown.

Georgetown received some positive momentum on the recruiting trail as Class of 2017 four-star forward Jamarko Pickett pledged to the Hoyas, NBC Sports reported.

Pickett is a consensus top-100 prospect and a major grab for the Hoyas and head coach Patrick Ewing for next season.

Once Pickett opted to open up his recruitment, he took official visits to see Georgetown and Maryland — two schools that are local for the D.C. native — and the Hoyas ended up winning the battle.

The 6-foot-9 Pickett is a long and athletic wing forward who should have a chance to earn immediate minutes at Georgetown next season. This is a really solid get for Ewing and the Hoyas, as they needed to get an impact guy who could develop into a potential all-league threat.

Hall of Famer Ewing helped the NY Knicks reach the NBA finals in 1999, where the team fell to the San Antonio Spurs that won their first NBA title that year.

Ewing played 17 seasons in the NBA for the New York Knicks, Seattle Supersonics and Orlando Magic, making 11 All-Star teams. As an Olympian, the 7-foot center won gold at the 1984 and 1992 Games. He was elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2008.

Ewing appeared in 1183 career NBA games, starting in 1122 of them. He holds career averages of 21 ppg, 9.8 rpg and 2.4 bpg in 34.3 minutes of playing time.

He averaged career high 28.6 ppg for the Knicks during thre 1989-90 NBA season, and career high in rebounds (12.1 rpg) during the 1992-93 season. The Knicks retired Ewing’s No. 33 jersey in 2003.

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