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Hoyas Media Day 2018: Ewing Edition

Ewing looks to improve on last season’s 15-15 campaign

WASHINGTON — Just a week before the season opener against UMES, Georgetown held its annual media day on Tuesday afternoon. Coach Patrick Ewing addressed a room of reporters in the Thompson Center and was followed by six players who came out in pairs - Junior Jagan Mosley joined sophomore Jamorko Pickett, fifth-year seniors Greg Malinowski and Trey Mourning were the middle duo while seniors Jessie Govan and Kaleb Johnson finished out the event.

Without any breaking news to report on let’s instead take a look at the most interesting things Ewing had to say as he enters into his second season in charge of the Hoyas. (We’ll take a look at what the players had to say in another post.)

Coach Patrick Ewing

On this year’s team style....

Last year we were a more post dominant team. This year it’s going to be a blend of both perimeter and post so it’s still growing.

We’ve improved the team. If you look at our team we have a lot more options to go to than we did last year. Greg Malinowski who was here last year, he couldn’t play because he redshirted but he can play this year. Along with him and the new guys that we have and the freshmen and everyone else to go along with Blair and Pickett. We are much better on the perimeter level.

On his expectations for Jessie Govan as a senior....

This is last year. There’s no more. He has to have a great year. He has dreams of getting to the next level and to get there he’s going to have to produce night in and night out and that’s one of the things we’ve talked about. He’s going to have his chance, he’s going to have his opportunities and he’s going to have to take full advantage of it.

On what he needs out of Jamorko Pickett as a sophomore....

He has to have a good year for us this year. I thought that he came on in the second half of the year last year but in order for us to be successful he’s going to have to be one of the guys that has to carry the load.

On what he wants from his team during the non-conference schedule....

Improve. Improve every game. The BIG EAST schedule is going to be a tough schedule, a tough enough schedule. So if we don’t start showing improvement and start doing the things that we need to do going into the conference it’s going to make for a tough year.

On Marcus Derrickson leaving early and earning a two-way contract...

First of all I’m happy for Marcus. I wasn’t happy when he told me that he was leaving. I’m happy that he was able to get a two way contract. Every kid that plays basketball dreams of getting to the NBA. So when you have guy that you can add on our NBA Wall of Fame that definitely makes you look good.

So those were the highlights of about 15 minutes worth of questions and answers with Ewing. We’ll have something on the players in a bit.