WASHINGTON – Georgetown basketball coach Patrick Ewing has tested positive for COVID-19 and is being treated in a hospital.
“This virus is serious and should not be taken lightly,” said the Hall of Famer as a player for the Hoyas in college and the New York Knicks in the NBA in a statement from the university. “I want to encourage everyone to stay safe and take care of yourself and your loved ones. More than ever, I would like to thank the health workers and everyone on the frontline. I’ll be fine and we’ll all get through. ”
The school said 57-year-old Ewing is the only member of the men’s program to contract the coronavirus.
As a player, 7-foot Ewing Georgetown helped win the 1984 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship and achieve two other title games.
During Ewing’s four years for John Thompson Jr. Georgetown went 121-23, a winning percentage of .840.
He was taken with the No. 1 overall pick in the 1985 draft after the Knicks won the NBA’s first lottery. Ewing ended up leading New York to the 1994 NBA Finals, where they lost to Hakeem Olajuwon and the Houston Rockets.
Ewing played 17 seasons in the NBA, 15 with the Knicks.
After retiring as a player, he worked for 15 years as an assistant or associate coach with four teams in the pros. In April 2017, he returned to Georgetown for his first job as a head coach at every level, replacing Thompson’s son in that job at the Hoyas.
In his first three seasons with his alma mater, the Ewing teams have gone 49-46 together without traveling to the NCAA tournament.
In 2019-20, Georgetown closed the season with seven consecutive losses and a record 15-17.
Last week, second security guard Mac McClung announced that he planned to enter the NCAA transfer portal, along with four other Georgetown players who said they would change schools during the season.