Georgetown basketball hires Hall of Famer Patrick Ewing as new head coach

Georgetown legend Patrick Ewing has agreed in principle to become the next basketball coach at his alma mater, a source told CBS Sports on Monday.

A formal announcement is expected soon.

Ewing, 54, starred at Georgetown from 1981-85. He led the Hoyas to three national championship game appearances -- and the 1984 NCAA Tournament title -- before becoming an 11-time NBA All-Star with the Knicks. Ewing was enshrined into the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame in 2008. He has been an NBA assistant for 15 years -- most recently with the Charlotte Hornets.

CBS Sports reported last week that Georgetown was initially rejected by Notre Dame coach Mike Brey and Texas coach Shaka Smart. Both were approached but neither seriously considered the job, a source said.

Georgetown fired John Thompson III last month.

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