In 2008, Ewing was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame.The 1980s gave birth to the signature basketball shoe, as many players received their own signature model from numerous athletic companies.Ewing was Thompson Jr.'s first major recruit, and they won the 1984 national championship and made three Final Four appearances in four seasons."My four years at Georgetown were the best of my life," Ewing said in a statement."Georgetown is my home, and it is a great honor for me to return to my alma mater and serve as the next head coach."The move also is emblematic of the sway Thompson Jr.
His performance earned Ewing the NBA Rookie of the Year title, and credibility as one of the premier centers in the league.He went on to play for the New York Knicks, Seattle Super Sonics and Orlando Magic.He went on to win two Olympic gold medals in basketball in 19, and was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame."We've known the man for 35 years, the qualities that are associated with the very identity of Patrick Ewing: his prodigious work ethic, his burning competitive intensity. Thompson III was paid more than .6 million by the university in 2014, according to tax documents.He has earned everything that he has achieved."Ewing emerged as the top choice for the position, according to people familiar with the search process, soon after Georgetown parted ways with John Thompson III. was dismissed less than two weeks ago in an uncomfortable separation from a family that has become synonymous with the school's athletics program. took over the basketball program in the 1972-73 season, the school's only coach other than a Thompson had been Craig Esherick, a former assistant under Thompson Jr. Ewing's hire underscores Georgetown's relationship with the Thompson family and in particular Thompson Jr., who has a longstanding friendship with De Gioia.In 1989 Patrick Ewing took it one step further, becoming the first professional basketball player to form his own footwear brand.