Patrick Ewing on Big East: “I hope we’re right in the mix with everyone”

GEORGETOWN – Patrick Ewing refuses to put a specific label on what Georgetown’s improvement will be over the next season.

He knows, though, that the Hoyas will be much better than they were a year ago when they finished 6-25, including a 0-19 mark in the Big East game.

“I’m never going to put a number on it,” Ewing said Tuesday on the Georgetown campus when asked what would signal a tangible improvement over the next season. “But we have more talent than we had last year.”

The Hoyas brought in nine new players, including seven transfers – Brandon Murray (LSU), Jay Heath (Arizona State), Primo Spears (Duquesne), Akok Akok (UConn), Qudus Wahab (Maryland), Brycen Mozone (USC Upstate), and Bradley Ezewiro (LSU) — as well as two freshmen at Denver Anglin and D’Ante Bass.

Georgetown is still awaiting word from the NCAA on whether the 6-3 Heath – who averaged 10.6 points last season – will be eligible in 2022-23 as he is a transfer twice. Heath began his college career at Boston College.

The Hoyas also bring back junior point guard Dante Harris (11.9 points, 4.1 assists) as their only double-digit scorer. Harris and Wahab 6-11 were starters two years ago when Georgetown won the Big East Tournament and made the NCAA Tournament before Wahab’s decision to transfer to Maryland and then come back.

When asked where this group might end up in the Big East if they were all healthy and fully eligible, Ewing didn’t hesitate.

“I hope we’re right in the mix with everyone,” Ewing said. “Last year was the worst season of my career. Everyone here knows that none of this can happen again.”

It’s hard to imagine something like that happening again for Georgetown this season, especially with this show’s enhanced talent base. Wahab gives the Hoyas a proven option at the post, while Murray averaged 10 points last season on a team that made the NCAA Tournament. Meanwhile, 6-10 Akok is a former Top-40 recruit who has battled numerous injuries and, according to Ewing, is finally fully cleared for all basketball-related activities. Ewing also believes that Spears – who averaged 12.7 points and three assists last season at Duquesne – will push Harris into the starting point guard post.

“These two guys are going to fight over the starting point,” Ewing said of Spears and Harris. “I’m also excited to finally work with Akok, who we recruited in high school. With Qudus (Wahab), we have a guy that we can throw the ball to on the block. He’s had two very good years for us here. Again, I won’t put a number on anything, but when all is said and done, I think the Hoya Nation will be happy with the result.”

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