Why did it take so long for Ewing to become head coach?
Jackie MacMullan knows that it's a "tall order" to turn Georgetown around but is glad that someone finally gave Patrick Ewing a shot to try after waiting over 15 years to become a head coach.
Georgetown made one of the biggest coaching hires of the spring when it hired Patrick Ewing to replace John Thompson III last week. It keeps the job in the family, as Ewing was a three-time All-American with the Hoyas.
Ewing’s résumé speaks for itself. Hall of Fame playing career, 15 years as an assistant coach in the NBA for four different franchises.
Missing from his ledger, of course, is college-coaching experience. And as a result, he doesn’t have any experience recruiting -- an aspect of college basketball very different from his days as a high school player 30-plus years ago.
"I don't think it's changed that much," Ewing said of recruiting at his introductory press conference. "When I came out, I was the most highly recruited player. But what I'm going to do is I'm going to put around myself a great staff who has the ability to go out and recruit and teach me all the things I need to know until I get up to speed in terms of recruiting. But I don't see anything different. It's all about going out and selling your program. I think that I'm a great salesman."
Can Ewing can quickly make recruiting a strength? How might he begin down that road?