Following the death of Georgetown legend John Thompson Jr. on Monday, Hoyas head coach Patrick Ewing released a statement expressing his admiration for “someone who I consider to be a father figure, confidant and role model.”
Ewing played under Thompson from 1981-85, one of the best stretches of the late coach’s coaching career. The Hoyas made four straight NCAA tournament appearances, taking three Big East tournament titles and winning the 1984 national championship.
Ewing went on to have a Hall of Fame career in the NBA while Thompson remained at Georgetown until 1999 before becoming a media personality for 13 years. Thompson died Sunday night at 78 years old.
After retiring from the NBA in 2002, Ewing bounced around a few assistant coaching jobs before returning to Georgetown as head coach in 2017. The Hoyas have gone 49-46 over three seasons with him at the helm.