The Pistons’ people are praising the performance and practice of Jamorko Pickett. Folks are taking note, including head coach of the Pistons, Dwane Casey, who has noted Pickett’s aptitude and attitude several times.
In at least one recent interview, Coach Casey specifically noted that Patrick Ewing did a great job of coaching and teaching Pickett.
One young man that has looked good in camp and hadn’t played well in the first two exhibition games is Jamorko Pickett, a young man from Georgetown. Patrick (Ewing) did a heck of a job coaching and teaching him. He is ready for the NBA. You tell him one thing once and he gets it right. His future is going to be bright. He’ll probably spend time back and forth with the G League but Pat did a good job with him at Georgetown.
Casey said Jamorko Pickett has looked really good in camp, even though he's been up and down in the preseason games. "His future is going to be bright. Pat (Ewing) did a good job with him at Georgetown."— James Edwards III (@JLEdwardsIII) October 13, 2021
Pickett, of course, shared credit with Ewing for the ease of transition to the NBA.
Pickett said playing under Patrick Ewing in college made his transition to NBA easier. Added he knew a lot of the terminology, etc, coming in.— James Edwards III (@JLEdwardsIII) October 9, 2021
Casey said Patrick Ewing did a good job with Jamorko Pickett at Georgetown. "You tell him one thing once and he gets it right. His future is bright."— Omari Sankofa II (@omarisankofa) October 13, 2021
Jamorko Pickett was asked about his play in summer league and transition to the NBA during the Pistons media availability on Friday.— Patrick Waring (@WaringPatrick) October 10, 2021
He said playing for Coach Ewing at Georgetown prepared him for this.
“Everything we did was directly from the NBA.”#ProHoyas | #NoBrakes pic.twitter.com/x4N16RNwoq
This sentiment is something that other recently turned pro players have said about their time with Ewing. Chudier Bile echoed the praise for Ewing over the summer.
Chudier Bile on playing for Georgetown coach Patrick Ewing:— Bobby Bancroft (@BobbyBancroft) July 14, 2021
"It was great. He’s a legend. I learned so much from him I could on and on about stuff that he told us in practice or just little stuff he’d tell us about being a pro and coming ready to work every day."
Omer Yurtseven, now on the Miami Heat’s roster, is someone else who benefitted from Patrick Ewing’s tutelage.
“I thought he was a better player than he played for us,” said Georgetown coach Patrick Ewing, who is in the Basketball Hall of Fame for his playing days as an NBA center. “But we loved having him here. He can score, he can rebound and was an elite rebounder. Just was a joy to coach. ... His ability to score. He can score on the block, he can score at the three-point line like you’re seeing now. He’s very skilled and I think the more opportunities he gets, the more you’ll be able to see.” Yurtseven shot just 3 of 14 from three-point range at Georgetown. Ewing said Yurtseven had an outside shot in college, but “just didn’t shoot a lot for us.”
Yurtseven also praised Ewing :
He sat out the 2018-19 season voluntarily to play for Georgetown and coach Patrick Ewing. The opportunity to work with the Hall of Famer was too good to pass up.
“That’s what I was looking for coming in [working with Ewing]. I needed someone to see the game from my perspective,” Yurtseven said. “I was looking for that feedback and I demanded to be coached. I wanted to learn from him. The thing he stayed on me the most about was the pace of the game and how quick my moves would have to be at the next level.
“The turnaround jumper was one of his major weapons,” Yurtseven continued. “He was ahead of his time, but he wanted to see me do the same thing and give 100 percent effort every time.”
“Ewing was ahead of his time when he played, and I think his determination was... he just wanted perfection—in every aspect,” Yurtseven said. “He knew the pace that we had to play in order to beat the other teams, and he also knew the pace that it took to make me an NBA player.” https://t.co/fxZaaHeBDJ— Philadelphia Hoyas (@PhillyHoyas) September 21, 2020
Patrick Ewing, college coach to help you get NBA-ready.
Pickett on getting two-way deal: "It was similar to when I got the call from Coach Patrick (Ewing)."— James Edwards III (@JLEdwardsIII) October 9, 2021