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OH CANADA! Patrick Ewing, Jr Hired as Lead Assistant Coach for Ottawa Blackjacks

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“I’m excited to bring my family to Ottawa and begin the next chapter of my coaching career”

Big East Championship: Notre Dame v Georgetown Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

In somewhat surprising mid-season, mid-pandemic news, Patrick Ewing, Jr. has taken a position as lead assistant coach with the Ottawa BlackJacks of the Canadian Elite Basketball League (CEBL).

Started in 2019, the CEBL has two seasons under its belt. With seven teams last year, the second season was played from July 25 to August 9 at the Meridian Centre in St. Catharines, Ontario. The season was scheduled to take place from May 7 to August 6 but was postponed, of course, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The bottom-line is that Ewing, Jr. could potentially still be involved with Georgetown in some aspect, at least up until the CEBL preseason practices get started in the spring. Ewing, Jr. did share in a press release (below) that his family would be moving to Ottawa.

Currently, Patrick Ewing, Jr. is the Men’s Basketball Alumni Relations Coordinator at Georgetown. Prior to his role with basketball alumni, Ewing, Jr. was Director of Basketball Operations, while John Thompson III was coach—a role he was not allowed to continue while his father was head coach.

Pat, of course, played for the Hoyas from 2006-08, wearing number 33, after sitting out 2005-06 as a transfer from Indiana.

Press Release:

Ewing Jr. Named Ottawa BlackJacks Lead Assistant Coach

Feb 05, 2021

Former NBA player, Georgetown staffer and son of Hall of Famer makes CEBL pro coaching debut.

The Ottawa BlackJacks of the Canadian Elite Basketball League (CEBL) announced Friday that Patrick Ewing Jr. has been named lead assistant coach.

Ewing Jr. was a second round NBA draft pick of the Sacramento Kings in 2008 out of Georgetown University. The eldest son of NBA Hall of Famer, Patrick Ewing, he has served in several roles at Georgetown since 2015 working with the Hoyas both on and off the court.

He played eight years professionally in some of the top leagues around the world, including time with the Houston Rockets, the New York Knicks and New Orleans Hornets of the NBA. Ewing Jr. spent parts of four seasons (2008-12) in the NBA D-League, was selected as a league all star in 2011 and named All-NBA D-League Third Team in the same season.

The Atlanta native spent three years (2012-15) playing professionally in some of the top European leagues, including Germany-BBL, Spain-Liga Endesa, Greece A-1 and Qatar D-1, where he won the Qatari league title and reached the Arab Club Championships quarterfinals with Al Rayyan Doha. He was named on the Asia-Basket.com All-Qatar D1 Second Team. As a member of Aries Trikala BC of the Greece-A1, Ewing Jr. averaged 12.9 points, 6.9 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 26 games and received the Eurobasket.com All-Greek A1 League Honorable Mention.

At Georgetown, Ewing, Jr. was the recipient of the BIG EAST Conference’s inaugural Sixth Man of the Year Award as a senior in 2008 and was a major contributor to Georgetown’s success in 2006-07 when the team won the BIG EAST tournament and advanced to the Final Four. The Hoyas were back-to-back BIG EAST regular season champions for the first time in program history. The six-foot-eight forward spent his first two years of college playing for Indiana (2003-05) before becoming the first Division I transfer into Georgetown in 36 years.

A proud Jamaican-American, Ewing Jr. represented his father’s homeland with the Jamaican basketball national team in the Centrobasket, FIBA Americas Championship and Caribbean championship from 2011-14.

Ewing Jr., 36, and his wife, Katie, live in Washington, D.C. with their four children, Trey, Isaac, Bailey and Austin. The family will move to Ottawa for the CEBL season.

In the nation’s capital, Ewing Jr. will join recently named BlackJacks head coach Charles Dubé-Brais on the Ottawa sidelines. Team general manager Jevohn Shepherd and assistant general manager Andy Rautins will collaborate with the two coaches, alongside director of basketball strategy and analytics James Derouin, to round out the BlackJacks basketball operations staff and continue to recruit top talent to Ottawa, as CEBL free agency period began Monday.

The CEBL is preparing for its third season in 2021 following the success of this past year’s CEBL Summer Series in St. Catharines, Ontario, which saw millions of viewers across Canada and around the world tune in to watch 26 games played over 15 days in a single-site league competition. The CEBL became the first professional sports league in Canada to return to play after the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus in mid-March shut down sports across the country.

Quotes:

“Pat is a true player’s coach who brings tremendous experience and basketball pedigree to the BlackJacks coaching staff. After playing in the NBA and other top leagues internationally, Pat was given a wonderful opportunity to hone his craft at his alma mater Georgetown under his former coach John Thompson III. We are happy to welcome basketball royalty to Ottawa.”

- Jevohn Shepherd, General Manager, Ottawa BlackJacks Basketball Club

“Having played some of my basketball career alongside Jevohn (Shepherd) and Andy (Rautins), I’m grateful to join their coaching staff. I’ve played with Canadians professionally and coached Canadian basketball players collegiately. The talent has exploded over recent years. As a result, the quality of the CEBL has been tremendous during its first two seasons. I’m excited to bring my family to Ottawa and begin the next chapter of my coaching career.”

- Patrick Ewing Jr., Lead Assistant Coach, Ottawa BlackJacks Basketball Club

“Pat is a fantastic addition to our coaching staff. He is passionate, defensive-minded, demands commitment and possesses strong family values. As the lead assistant for the BlackJacks, Pat and I are going to make a terrific tandem.”

- Charles Dubé-Brais, Head Coach, Ottawa BlackJacks Basketball Club

About the Ottawa BlackJacks

The first expansion franchise of the Canadian Elite Basketball League (CEBL), the Ottawa BlackJacks will showcase the best of basketball and entertainment in the nation’s capital. In its inaugural campaign, the BlackJacks earned a semifinal appearance at the 2020 CEBL Summer Series. The Ottawa front office brings NBA, NBA G League, NCAA and major international pro league experience to the franchise. Led by general manager Jevohn Shepherd, assistant general manager Andy Rautins and head coach Charles Dubé-Brais, Ottawa will play its home games out of the world-class Arena at TD Place in Lansdowne Park. For more information visit www.theblackjacks.ca.

About Canadian Elite Basketball League

A league created by Canadians for Canadians, the CEBL has the highest percentage of Canadian players of any professional league in the country, with 80 percent of its current rosters being Canadians. Players come from the NBA G League, top international leagues, the Canadian National team program, and top NCAA programs as well as U SPORTS. The only First Division Professional League Partner of Canada Basketball, the CEBL season typically runs from May through August. Head to more information on CEBL.ca or follow us on Instagram, Twitter, TikTok, Linkedin, Facebook & YouTube. (@cebleague)

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Best of luck, Pat! HOYA SAXA!