Of course, the big news may be that Ewing let slip that Coach John Thompson, Jr. is still in the hospital. Ewing did not clarify the cause or if it’s CV-related.
Patrick Ewing says on @team980 that John Thompson is currently in the hospital, but doing well.— Aidan (@AidanCurran_) June 30, 2020
For now, here are some other quotes and thoughts from the interview:
- Ewing is feeling much stronger mentally and physically. Ready to get back to work.
- 5 days in hospital. Temperature, headache. IVs. Take my hat off to essential workers, nurses and doctors
- Felt like a cold, 3 days later, no improvement, got tested
- Can’t get back on campus. Lot of zoom calls
- Upcoming zoom call with coaches after this call
- Mentioned Coach Thompson is in the hospital...
- No one knows about getting back on campus
- Zoom calls with players about sports and social issues. Keep them engaged and safe.
- “It’s been a long time coming,” “A lot of people have experienced racism,” “The only way to change is when we have white people marching along,” “Got to vote.”
- “Back then I chose to get my revenge on the teams I was playing against,” “Applaud LeBron and those guys for speaking up” today.
- Abbreviated NBA season: team with the most talent has the best shot. Interesting to see what happens if someone catches the virus. Curious to see how chemistry is affected.
- Would Ewing be willing to live in the bubble if you were playing? Yes. “I wanted to win a championship that bad.”
- Not just the assistants’ job to ensure the players stay safe. It’s the players, it’s the NBA, everybody.
- “Mac McClung chose to leave and we wish him the best,” “I still think he’s a very good player.” “Disappointed.” “I believe we gave him an opportunity to showcase his abilities.”
- We don’t know if we’re going to have a season. If we’re just going to have conference play. It’ll be what’s best for student-athletes and students.
- Coach Thompson is, in fact, in the hospital and Pat has not had a chance to talk about social climate. He’ll let him focus on his health.
- Doc asked how General Manager (Ron) Thompson is doing, and Ewing said “Everbody’s great.” Ronnie Thompson has been referred to as “chief of staff” and other titles.
Despite the lack of success, Ewing has still gotten it done on the recruiting trail, putting together the fifth-best recruiting class in the Big East for 2020, led by four-star 6-foot-8 forward Jamari Sibley. While one of those recruits, Tyler Beard, is reclassifying to 2021 now, it’s still a solid class that should help ease the losses of Akinjo, McClung and Yurtseven. If Ewing can continue to bring in solid classes and keep them in the program, there’s still time for him and the program to get back on track. Ewing excelled as an NBA assistant for years prior to taking the Georgetown gig, so he may still be learning what it takes to be a head coach at the college level. It wouldn’t be surprising if the Hoyas start to improve in the next few seasons.
Holmgren, a 7-foot unicorn, is ranked No. 2 in his class. But if top recruit, Jonathan Kumingha, reclassifies from the class of 2021 to 2020, Holmgren will likely take over the No. 1 spot. Things will get interesting the closer Holmgren gets to his graduation, as he’s expected to be courted by the NBA G-League — a route other top high school prospects have already chosen.
Marcus Derrickson signs with KT Sonic Boom https://t.co/xYhzIWVHYU— Sportando (@Sportando) June 27, 2020
John Thompson Jr. and his son John Thompson III are in an elite father-son coaching club as both coaches made the Final Four. John Thompson Jr. led the Hoyas to the national championship game three times in a four-year span with current Georgetown coach Patrick Ewing as the team’s centerpiece, highlighted by the school’s 1984 national championship.
Twenty-two years after John Thompson Jr.’s last Final Four appearance in 1985, John Thompson III helped Georgetown return to the Final Four in 2007. That was in Year Three of Thompson III’s tenure at Georgetown and one season after he took the Hoyas to the Sweet 16 as a No. 7 seed. The Thompson father-son duo combined for 942 wins in their coaching careers, which included a total of 40 years at the helm of Georgetown.
To prepare for the Big East, Hurley is having his players watch film of their new conference opponents and study scouting reports. They are also getting a mental workout, required to read “Why the Best Are the Best,” by former NBA and college coach Kevin Eastman, watch documentaries and listen to podcasts about racial inequality, and hear from guest speakers like Caron Butler. “We’re doing things that teams aren’t with these meetings,” Polley said. “I think we’re going to be ready. We’re trying to get a leg up on the competition.” ...
UConn failed to finish higher than fifth in the AAC the past six years, but it is in a much better place entering Hurley’s third season. The past two years gave him and his staff the chance to create their own culture and upgrade the talent base. The Huskies aren’t planning to tiptoe into their new stomping grounds, the league he called “maybe the best” in the nation.
Wear your mask. HOYA SAXA.