Georgetown alumnus and NBA hall of Famer Patrick Ewing has agreed in principle to become the next basketball coach at his alma mater, according to CBS Sports.
A formal announcement is expected soon.
Ewing, 54, starred at Georgetown from 1981 through 1985. He led the Hoyas to three national championship game appearances — and the 1984 NCAA Tournament title — before becoming an 11-time NBA All-Star with the Knicks. Ewing was enshrined into the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame in 2008. He’s been an NBA assistant for 15 years — most recently with the Charlotte Hornets.
CBS Sports reported last week that Georgetown was initially rejected by Notre Dame coach Mike Brey and Texas coach Shaka Smart. Both were approached but neither seriously considered the job, a source said.
Georgetown fired John Thompson III, the son of Hoyas’ all-time winningest coach last month.
Thompson was fired at the end of the 2017 season, completing 13 years as Georgetown’s coach with a decent record of 346-193. Prior to being hired at Georgetown, Thompson was the head coach for four years at his alma mater, Princeton University, where he won 3 out of 4 Ivy league titles.