The Georgetown Hoyas' disappointing 2016-17 basketball season came to a disappointing end on Wednesday night with a scuffling Big East Tournament loss to St. John's.
Finishing 14-18 with just five wins in Big East play, the Hoyas officially missed out on the NCAA Tournament for the third time in four years.
While the lackluster season is something the entire program is looking to quickly put it in the past, the Saturday decommitment from Top 50 Class of 2017 PG Tremont Waters -- first reported by Adam Finkelstein of ESPN -- makes imminent matters much worse.
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Of the many on-court issues plaguing the Hoyas, a lack of a true point guard is one of the most significant. The 5-11 West Haven, Conn. native was the program's top recruit and was expected by many to provide the steadying hand the Hoyas have been in of for a while.
With the growing discussion regarding the future of John Thompson III, holding a commitment from the No. 33 player in the country was one of the few remaining cards in JTIII's hand.
The addition of Waters was expected to stabilize and renew a uncertain Georgetown backcourt. Graduate transfer Rodney Pryor will be gone, and what rising senior L.J. Peak decides to do this offseason remains a topic of speculation.
Having Waters headed to The Hilltop was also an important commitment because the program's ability to recruit was beginning to follow in the same direction as the on-court product. With Waters decommitting, three-star forward Antwan Walker is the only commit the Hoyas have in the incoming class.
It's a big loss for the Hoyas' roster. It's also a huge loss from a recruiting standpoint.
And following the season-ending loss on Wednesday, it's hardly the way Georgetown wanted to start a very important offseason.
Patrick Ewing gave his first public interview as new Georgetown Hoyas head coach on Wednesday morning, during an appearance on 106.7 The Fan's "Sports Junkies" (Which airs live on CSN Mid-Atlantic).
The Hoya legend and longtime NBA assistant coach touched on a wide variety of subjects with "The Junks" but nothing stood out more than this line about what he plans to do with the current staff, namely his son, Patrick Ewing Jr.
"I wish that could be the case," the Hoyas head coach said when asked if his son, former Georgetown forward and current Director of Basketball Operations, would stay on staff.
"They [Georgetown University] has a nepotism clause and unfortunately they stand by it."
It's an odd clause to have in place at any program.
But even more strange considering the university had employed John Thompson III, the son of iconic head coach John Thompson Jr. as head basketball coach for 13 years, up until his firing two weeks ago.
While Ewing did not clarify if the rule is new or not, it's hard to imagine the rule was in place during JTIII's tenure.
But with John Thompson Jr. still clearly lording over the program some 18 years after he retired, perhaps the program is hoping to protect their brand from something like this happening again.
Georgetown has hired former player and NBA Hall-of-Famer, Patrick Ewing, as the program's new head coach, a source confirmed to CSN Mid-Atlantic on Monday.
Ewing will replace the vacant position left by the firing of John Thompson III after 13 seasons at the helm.
Ewing was a primary candidate for the opening as soon as it became available, although the school also reached out to the likes of Texas' Shaka Smart, Harvard's Tommy Amaker and Rhode Island's Danny Hurley.
The university hired a search firm to help zero in on candidates before ultimately settling with the program's most iconic player.
With the Hoyas, the 54-year-old was a three-time All-American that helped carry the program to their lone NCAA tournament title. Drafted by the New York Knicks, he is also an 11-time NBA All-Star and the 1986 Rookie of the Year.
He will be the 18th head coach in Georgetown's history, it will be Ewing's first head coaching job after four different jobs as an assistant in the NBA.
Ewing is already working on assembling a new staff, which is likely to include his son Patrick Ewing Jr., who was a part of the Hoyas' 2007 Final Four team and has served as the Hoyas' director of basketball operations since 2015.