Alonzo Mourning breaks down Patrick Ewing’s impact on Hoyas ahead of Georgetown-Colorado March Madness game
NBA great Patrick Ewing has waited a long time just to have an opportunity to steer his alma mater back to the pinnacle of college basketball. Upon making his debut as a head coach in the NCAA tournament, Ewing’s former teammate in Alonzo Mourning gave high praises to him and claimed that the legendary big man has always been the epitome of Georgetown basketball all throughout the years, per Michael Lee.
Alonzo Mourning on @CoachEwing33: “He embodies the fabric of the history of Georgetown basketball. When people identify with Georgetown basketball, he is the first name that people think of.” https://t.co/rx49Az0Xwe
— Michael Lee (@MrMichaelLee) March 20, 2021
From 1981 to 1985, Ewing starred for the Hoyas under the mentorship of the late John Thompson. He immediately made noise in the Big East conference as he garnered multiple individual accolades during his college career.
The highlight of his stint with the Hoyas was when he successfully led the team to win the national title back in 1984. His eventful career in the amateur ranks ultimately led him to be selected as the top overall pick in the 1985 NBA Draft.
Several decades later, Ewing is back at his old stomping grounds, serving as the tactician of an upstart Hoyas squad. The Washington-based team successfully won the 2021 Big East title and concluded their regular season with a 13-12 record to nab the 12th seed in the East division.
However, Ewing and his men will face a tough task as they immediately face the fifth-seeded team in the Colorado Buffaloes in the opening round of March Madness. Despite the great challenge, Alonzo Mourning remains confident that Ewing will be able to bring pride to the Hoyas due to the hard work that he has put in just to lead the team to where it is today.
“He’s been working his butt off, really, to build the right culture,” “Patrick is trying to get back to that aggressive, defensive-minded winning culture to where people feared playing against Georgetown.”
Patrick Ewing is hoping that he can reach a similar level of success as the head coach of the Hoyas as his team vies for the national title in the ongoing NCAA tournament.