Patrick Ewing, the current men’s basketball coach at his alma mater Georgetown, was one of the greatest college basketball players ever. A dominant low-post force who played for the Hoyas for all four years of college, Ewing led Georgetown to the national championship game in the NCAA tournament three times.

Here’s everything you need to know about Patrick Ewing’s college career with Georgetown.

Patrick Ewing’s college stats, vitals

School: Georgetown
Position: Center
Height: 7-0
Weight: 240 pounds
Years active: 1981-85
NCAA tournament record: 15-3
Career averages: 15.3 points per game, 9.2 rebounds per game, 3.4 blocks per game, 62.0% shooting

1981-82 37 4.9 7.8 .631 7.5 3.2 12.7
1982-83 32 6.6 11.6 .570 10.2 3.3 17.7
1983-84 37 6.5 9.9 .658 10.0 3.2 16.4
1984-85 37 5.9 9.5 .625 9.2 3.6 14.6
Career 143 6.0 9.7 .620 9.2 3.4 15.3

How many years did Patrick Ewing play in college?

Ewing played college basketball for four seasons, starting in the 1981-82 season. He last played in the 1984-85 season.

What was Patrick Ewing’s record in college?

When Patrick Ewing was at Georgetown as a player, the Hoyas went 121-23, including back-to-back three-loss seasons in 1984 and 1985. Georgetown made the national championship game in 1982, 1984 and 1985.

What kind of prospect was Patrick Ewing coming out of high school?

Patrick Ewing ranked fifth behind Adrian Branch (Maryland), Stuart Gray (UCLA), Bobby Lee Hurt (Alabama) and Michael Jordan (North Carolina) on Knoxville newspaper reporter Ken Mink’s top 100 rankings of the best high school players in the country. His high school team in Cambridge, Mass.,  went 77-1 in his last three seasons.

He was an All-American and The Washington Post reported he was the most sought-after player in his class.

“Every now and then, there is one of them in high school basketball, a large athlete whose talent seems to be singular,” wrote The Akron Beacon Journal‘s Tom Melody in April 1981. “In years gone by, there were Wilt Chamberlain and Lew Alcindor and Bill Walton and Ralph Sampson. Now there is Patrick Ewing. He is approximately seven feet tall, elegantly agile.”

How many national championships did Patrick Ewing win in college?

Ewing won one national championship with Georgetown in 1984. The Hoyas lost in the national championship game to North Carolina in 1982 and Villanova in 1985.

What was Patrick Ewing’s game like?

As a lean 7-footer, Ewing immediately had an incredible defensive prowess at the college level, earning Big East Defensive Player of the Year honors in four consecutive years. Ewing helped Georgetown limit opponents to 39 percent shooting in the 1983-84 season. In fact, opponents never shot better than 43 percent in a season against Ewing’s Hoyas.

In the 1982 national championship game during Ewing’s freshman year, he was called for goal-tending multiple times in the opening minutes as he tried to set the tone defensively and make North Carolina think twice before shooting with Ewing around.

Offensively, the 7-footer’s game grew as he spent more time at Georgetown, with him leading the Hoyas in scoring as a sophomore (17.0 points per game), junior (16.4 points per game) and senior (14.6 points per game). These were talented Georgetown teams, too. He was one of four future NBA players on the Hoyas’ 1982 squad, one of five in his next three seasons.

One of Ewing’s greatest strengths on offense was an ability that couldn’t necessary be measured with statistics: the defensive gravity that he drew, which opened up driving lines and shots for his talented teammates.

“Just having Patrick standing inside has opened things up from 17 to 20 feet for us this year,” teammate Eric “Sleepy” Floyd said in March 1982. “Patrick will get a dunk early in the game and everyone will sag back in on him the rest of the night.”

A 1983-84 season preview in the Asbury Park Press (Asbury, New Jersey) noted that as long as Ewing is double, triple and quadruple-teamed by opponents, he’ll continue finding open teammates. “He’s mature enough not to force shots when he’s got two or three men hanging all over him,” Georgetown coach John Thompson told the paper.

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What were some of Patrick Ewing’s best games?

Patrick Ewing scored in double figures in 15 of his 18 NCAA tournament games so when the lights were the brightest, he was usually at his best. His best statistical performance was a 21-point, 14-rebound, five-block game against Loyola Chicago in the Sweet 16 in 1985, which was just one of his four NCAA tournament double-doubles.

Even though Georgetown lost the 1982 national championship game, Ewing played his heart out. He was the only player to finish with a double-double (23 points and 11 rebounds) as he made 10-of-15 attempts from the field, all three of his free throws and grabbed two more rebounds (11) than the rest of his teammates combined (nine).

You can watch a full replay of the game below.