If you’re like me and can’t always keep up with where Georgetown Hoyas’ coach Patrick Ewing is traveling to and which recruits he as offered scholarships to, hopefully you’re still able to acknowledge that there’s no one out-working him on the recruiting trail. Said another way, if you think Pat Ewing is just phoning-in this coaching and recruiting thing, you haven’t been paying attention.
Journalists and other outsiders are taking note. Importantly, many folks in the media are re-evaluating their comparisons of Ewing to other NBA greats who have taken up the clipboard such as Chris Mullin. Ewing is not just a figure-head. Ewing is not relying on his reputation. Ewing is by all accounts very “hands-on.”
That said, as much as it may be a benefit to have every recruit parrot an acknowledgement of how great it would be to learn from a Hall-of-Famer, Ewing’s legacy as a player casts a big shadow. The article from The Athletic, as well as recent links and tweets indicating Ewing’s travel, illustrate how hard Big Pat is working to be best known as ‘Coach Pat.’
Here are the links:
“Hey Coach!” Patrick Ewing has been coaching nearly as long as he played in the NBA. Finally people are starting to notice. https://t.co/Ip8okPnSKO— Dana O'Neil (@DanaONeilWriter) September 23, 2019
Ewing is about to start Year 3, far too early to grade the hire. But there is no denying that the Hoyas are improving, and it is because of their coach, not just some law of attrition.
...with the way the game is now played, Ewing has found a style to suit the Hoyas. He has recruited multi-tool players, guys such as high-flying Mac McClung and point guard James Akinjo, last year’s Big East Rookie of the Year, and let them go.
Last season, the Hoyas, playing Ewing’s pro-style offense, finished 25th in adjusted tempo, the best for the program in the 23 years KenPom.com has been tracking the stat. Their average possession length decreased by a full second, from 16.6 to 15.5, pushing them from 91st to 15th, and at 79.6 points per game, the Hoyas finished 36th in the nation in scoring...
The most critical stat: Georgetown finished 19-14 and 9-9 in the Big East, its best run since 2015. McClung, Akinjo and Josh LeBlanc were all named to the Big East all-freshman team, and Ewing re-anchored the inside with Omer Yurtseven, an N.C. State transfer and skilled big who should make up for the graduation of leading scorer Jessie Govan.
Georgetown’s full staff, Pittsburgh’s whole staff, Ole Miss’ full staff, plus coaches from DePaul and Vanderbilt will be in today for Top-100 senior Shakeel Moore, a source told @Stockrisers.— Jake (@jakeweingarten) September 23, 2019
*Recruitment is open, no longer using his final list.
Moore is a 6’1 point guard out of Greensboro, NC who really began to emerge over the past year. The well-built lefty is known as a terrific athlete, but footage of him shows a guard who plays at a great tempo with nifty passing ability and a strong pull-up game. One of the top point guards in North Carolina, Moore is also reportedly a tenacious defender.
The summer of 2019 was good to Moore. He was one of 25 guards to participate in the CP3 Elite Point Guard Camp, he scored terrifically on the Nike EYBL circuit, and he also took part in the NBPA Top 100 Camp.
“Mo is very interested in a number of schools on the East Coast as well as a few more on the West Coach,” he added. “We just have a finite amount of time and decided on these two schools for his first visits.”
To go with Arizona and Baylor, King said his son is establishing relationships with Georgetown, UConn, Charlotte, Oregon, TCU and UCF. It was also noted that King is also speaking with a few European and Australian clubs.
King, a standout at the NBA Global Academy in Australia, had a strong performance at the NBA Academy Games, playing in front of more than 200 college coaches. King led the event in scoring and made 18 of 36 three-point field goals.
Meanwhile, @GeorgetownHoops continues to crank out video content and gives fans a quick peak into the team’s strength training (in Jordan Brand apparel that I definitely did not see for sale in the GU bookstore during my visit to the Hilltop this past weekend).
Senior Jagan Mosely, who did not play in the Bahamas exhibition games presumably due to shoulder rehab, is depicted hard at work.
There’s been some news about Hoyas playing overseas from @DMVhoophouse. Love hearing updates, so give them a look.
Markel Starks (Georgetown Prep/@GeorgetownHoops) finished with 16 pts for @AvtodorSaratov in preseason action over arguably the best Latvian team, BK Ventspils. [photos via @AvtodorSaratov from a previous game] pic.twitter.com/GW9w5WCiZU— DMVHoopHouse (@dmvhoophouse) September 21, 2019
LJ Peak (@GeorgetownHoops) finished with 16 pts for Varese in their last preseason matchup.— DMVHoopHouse (@dmvhoophouse) September 20, 2019
Fellow Hoya alum, Jason Clark (Bishop O'Connell), is also on the team, but is currently sidelined by an injury. https://t.co/1gn78G8YN0
Patrick Ewing will lead @GeorgetownHoops to @TheGarden to take on @TexasMBB & then either @DukeMBB or @CalMBBall in the Championship Rounds presented by @continentaltire of the @2K #EmpireClassic benefiting @wwp Nov. 21-22.— 2K Empire Classic (@EmpireClassicBB) September 23, 2019
Tix: https://t.co/IuWs5hL1vd#HoyaSaxa pic.twitter.com/iCaznYzcz1