Hall of Famer Ewing is going home to the Hoyas

Charlotte Hornets assistant coach Patrick Ewing, center, watches from the bench during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Orlando Magic in Orlando, Fla., Wednesday, March 22, 2017. The Hornets won 109-102. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

Georgetown is turning to a former star to resurrect its basketball program.

The school hired Patrick Ewing on Monday to replace John Thompson III, the son of Ewing’s former coach with the Hoyas, John Thompson Jr. Georgetown went 14-18 this season, including 5-13 in the Big East.

Ewing currently is an associated head coach with the Hornets.

Here is his official statement:

“My four years at Georgetown were the best of my life,” Ewing said in a statement released by the school. “Georgetown is my home and it is a great honor for me to return to my alma mater and serve as the next head coach. I have been preparing to be a head coach for many years and can’t wait to return to the Hilltop.”

The 54-year-old Ewing led Georgetown to three national championship game appearances from 1982-85 and to one title. He later had a Hall of Fame career in the NBA — mostly with the Knicks.

Here’s an excerpt from 30 for 30’s “Requiem for the Big East” on how Ewing put Georgetown on the map:

Here are some nifty Ewing stats:

CBS Sports’ Chip Patterson says the hire is win for both sides:

Here’s a taste of some social-media reaction to the news:

Jeff Van Gundy, who coach Ewing with the Knicks, told The Vertical not to underestimate Ewing:

“Patrick has such great reverence for Coach [John] Thompson and all he did for him — as well as all the other coaches he played for and worked under. But people would be underestimating Patrick if they felt he was going to try to completely emulate anyone else as a head coach. He’s going to be his own man. Very few who have been a top-50 player of all time has ever invested more into a second career than Patrick has into coaching. Because of that work ethic and his understanding of the craft, he’s not going into it alone. He’s going to work together with his staff and players and the coaches of players of prospective players. He’s going to be very inclusive. It’s going to serve him well. His personality has been misunderstood for so long that I can’t get wait for him to show the masses his humor and intelligence and his core values when it comes to leadership.”

SB Nation’s alleninxis is skeptical of the hire but ready to give it a chance:

Was it the first choice for the school, myself or the readers here? Likely not. But that doesn’t mean this isn’t something to get excited about and fully support. There are enough people who truly want to see him succeed. … Somehow most arrive at the point where they’re skeptical of Patrick’s work ethic and desire to recruit. He has to prove it, but why would we not give Patrick the benefit of the doubt? Did anyone see the way he played? Watched the way he attacked his new career? He turned down millions at a young age to stay in school and get his degree for his mother. He has always stuck to a process. People have doubted him at every stop and all he does is continue to work.

What do you think? Did Georgetown make the right decision hiring Ewing?

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