Ewing says son also considered Miami, UNC

Updated: April 21, 2005, 9:34 AM ET
Associated Press

HOUSTON -- Pat Ewing Jr. is headed for his father's alma mater, his father told a Houston television station Wednesday night.

NBA great and Houston Rockets assistant coach Patrick Ewing told KRIV television that his son will transfer from Indiana to Georgetown.

"My son chose Georgetown. He was also considering Miami and North Carolina," said Ewing, who led the Hoyas to the NCAA championship in 1984.

"I'm excited. It's a great place for him to be and not just because I went there. The coaches love him and want him to play for them," he said.

The younger Ewing said earlier this year that he felt it was best for him to transfer to another school for his education and basketball career. A 6-foot-8, 215-pound forward, Ewing started five of the 29 games in which he played last season, averaging 4 points and 3.8 rebounds a game during Indiana's 15-14 season.

The elder Ewing said he isn't worried about his son having to deal with the pressure of following in his footsteps at Georgetown.

"He has had to live and play with my name all of his life," the coach said.

He said his son also considered Miami and North Carolina before making his choice.

Under NCAA transfer rules, Pat Ewing Jr. will have to sit out the 2005-06 season.

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