Former Georgetown All-American Patrick Ewing was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame on Friday night.
Sept. 6, 2008
Washington, D.C. - When he was a youngster, Patrick Ewing said that he once visited the Basketball of Fame. On Friday night in a ceremony at Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Massachusetts, the former Georgetown men's basketball All-American became a member of it.
Ewing, selected as the greatest player to wear a Georgetown basketball jersey, was elected in his first year of eligibility along with Hakeem Olajuwon and Pat Riley. The other four members of the Class of 2008 included six-time NBA All-Star and former Notre Dame standout Adrian Dantley, Detroit Pistons owner Bill Davidson, legendary Immaculata University women's coach Cathy Rush and well-known television analyst Dick Vitale.
"I went to the Hall of Fame when I was younger and never thought in my wildest dreams I'd be [a part of it]," Ewing said during a press conference on Friday. "now I am. In grade school, never in my wildest dreams did I think I would possibly wind up being here, and now I am."
Ewing earned First Team All-America honors three times at Georgetown and led the Hoyas to the 1984 NCAA Championship and went on to become an 11-time all-star in the National Basketball Association and won two gold medals as a member of the United States Olympic Team.
"This means a lot," Ewing said of his election. "I'm being recognized for all of the blood, sweat and tears I've put into my 17-year career. Growing up in Massachusetts and having field trips to the Basketball Hall of Fame, I never really realized that one day I'd be in there. This is a dream come true."
Ewing was a three-time consensus First Team All-America selection (1983, 1984, 1985) on the Hilltop, helping the Hoyas to three NCAA Final Four appearances and the 1984 national title. He was named Most Outstanding Player of the 1984 tournament in helping the Hoyas to the championship.
"My four years at Georgetown were the best of my life," Ewing said. "I came to college a boy and left a man."
Ewing was asked about his freshman year at Georgetown, when the Hoyas won the BIG EAST Tournament and traveled west for the NCAA Tournament before losing to North Carolina in the NCAA Tournament.
"That was my first NCAA tournament, it was great," Ewing recalled. "It was a wonderful tournament. We came out west ... we had some marvelous runs, we played Wyoming, kicked their butts, played Fresno state, kicked their butts, kicked everyone's butts on our way to the final four."
He was the first pick in the 1985 NBA Draft and went on to earn league Rookie of the Year honors in 1986 with the New York Knicks after averaging 20.0 points and 9.0 rebounds per game. Ewing scored 24,815 points during his 17-year NBA career to go along with 11,607 rebounds. Ewing spent 15 years with the Knicks and made 10 consecutive NBA All-Star appearances. He finished his playing career after stints with the Seattle Supersonics (2000-01) and Orlando Magic (2001-02).
Ewing averaged 21.0 points, 9.8 rebounds and 2.45 blocks in 1,183 career games and was a member of the NBA's 50th Anniversary Team. He remains the New York Knicks' all-time leader in points, rebounds, blocked shots, steals and field goals made.
Ewing came to Georgetown after earning Parade Magazine National High School Player of the Year honors in 1981.
As a freshman in 1981-82, he averaged 12.7 points and 7.5 rebounds and earned second team All-BIG EAST Honors as the Hoyas went 30-7 and reached the Final Four. During his sophomore year in 1982-83, he averaged 17.7 points, 10.2 rebounds and earned First Team All-BIG EAST Honors as GU went 22-10 and reached the NCAA Midwest Regional Finals. Georgetown won the NCAA Championship during the 1983-84 season, posting a 34-3 record and beating Houston, 84-75, in the title game. Ewing finished the season averaging 16.4 points and 10.0 rebounds per game and earned First Team All-BIG EAST honors and league Defensive Player of the Year kudos. The Hoyas reached the NCAA title game during the 1984-85 season, with Ewing tallying 14.6 points and 10.7 rebounds per game. He capped off his career by being named the BIG EAST Player of the Year for the second-straight season, earning his third First Team All-BIG EAST nod and fourth BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year award.
He still stands second all-time in scoring at Georgetown, averaging 15.3 points in 143 games, and is one of only four players in program history to score at least 2,000 points (2,184). Ewing is the all-time leader in total rebounds (1,316), most blocked shots (493) and most games played (143).