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Patrick Ewing, Jr.
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Power Forward
Born May 20, 1984 (1984-05-20) (age 25)
Boston, Massachusetts
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Listed weight 250 lb (113 kg)
League NBA D-League
High school National Christian Academy
Fort Washington, Maryland
College Indiana
Georgetown
Draft 2nd round, (43rd overall), 2008
Sacramento Kings
Pro career 2008–present

Patrick Aloysius Ewing, Jr. (born May 20, 1984 in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.) is an American basketball player who played for Reno Bighorns in NBA D-League, before he suffered an MCL injury. He is the oldest son of retired NBA Hall of Famer and New York Knicks legend Patrick Ewing and Sharon Campbell. He has three brothers and three sisters. He is 6'8" tall, weighs 240 pounds, and he plays the forward position.

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Early life

He first attended the Windward School in White Plains, New York before going to Holy Innocents' Episcopal School, Marietta High School in Georgia, and National Christian Academy in Maryland.

He signed with Indiana University on May 1, 2003. He played two seasons at Indiana before following his father's footsteps by transferring to Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. in 2005. Under the NCAA transfer rules, Patrick Ewing, Jr., had to sit out the 2005-06 season. He returned in 2006-07 season, playing 36 games for the Hoyas.

In the 2007-08 season, he participated in the College Slam Dunk Contest at St. Mary's University in San Antonio, Texas during Final Four weekend. As a senior with the Hoyas, Ewing averaged 6.1 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 34 games, winning the Big East Sixth Man of the Year award. Ewing cites the Hoyas offense as the reason why his offensive numbers were low in comparison to what he would go on to average in the D-League.[1]

In college, Ewing wore jersey number 33, like his father. Alonzo Mourning was last to use this number for Georgetown, and he reportedly had to get Mourning's permission before using it.[2]

Ewing's coach at Georgetown, John Thompson III, is the son of John Thompson, Jr., who coached the elder Ewing at Georgetown.

Pro career

Ewing was chosen as the 43rd overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft by the Sacramento Kings.[3] Soon afterwards, he signed a contract with the Kings.[4] He was later traded to the Houston Rockets in a five-player deal that brought Ron Artest to the Rockets.[5] On August 29, 2008, Ewing followed his father's footsteps once again, he was traded to the New York Knicks in exchange for the rights of former first round pick Frédéric Weis.[6]

After some initial speculation that he would wear his father's retired number 33, Ewing took number 6 in honor of his favorite player Bill Russell. Number 6 was also his father's number in his final season in the NBA with the Orlando Magic and on the USA Dream Team.[7]

Ewing played in two Knicks pre-season games prior to making his New York debut in Knicks final pre-season game on October 24, 2008. Ewing entered the game in the 4th quarter to a thunderous ovation by the Madison Square Garden crowd. Ewing helped fuel Knicks' late rally, where the Knicks would come back from a 21-point deficit. Ewing had two dunks, a three-pointer, a steal and a blocked shot. He had seven fourth-quarter points, in what many believed was the turning point in his bid to make the Knicks final roster cut. "It was amazing," said Ewing, about the crowd that night, "It showed that they really appreciated what I was doing on the floor. Having that crowd behind us throughout that comeback was good for us." In total, he played 3 pre-season games for the Knicks, averaging 8.1 minutes, 3.7 points and 1.7 rebounds. On October 27, 2008, Ewing was waived by the Knicks in order to get the roster down to the maximum of 15 players for the start of the 2008-09 season.[8]

Ewing was signed by Knicks D-League affiliate, Reno Bighorns on December 15, 2008.[9] On the day he signed, Ewing made his D-League debut against Utah Flash, recording 15 points.[10]. After his first 30 games with the Bighorns, Ewing had averaged 16.8 points, 8.9 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.3 blocks per game with a efficiency rating of +20.00.[11]

On March 16, 2009, the Reno Bighorns waived Ewing after he reportedly suffered a Grade 1 MCL (medial collateral ligament) sprain.

Ewing was named to the NY Knicks Las Vegas Summer League 2009 team roster, but was unable to participate due to injury.

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