The Ottawa BlackJacks of the Canadian Elite Basketball League (CEBL) are hiring Patrick Ewing Jr. to be its lead assistant coach.
Ewing Jr. was a second round NBA draft pick of the Sacramento Kings in 2008, out of Georgetown University. The eldest son of NBA Hall of Famer, Patrick Ewing, he has served in several roles at Georgetown since 2015, working with the Hoyas both on and off the court.
He played eight years professionally, in some of the top leagues around the world, including time with the Houston Rockets, the New York Knicks and New Orleans Hornets of the NBA. Ewing Jr. spent parts of four seasons (2008-12) in the NBA's D-League, was selected as a league all star in 2011 and named All-NBA D-League Third Team in the same season.
At Georgetown, Ewing, Jr. was the recipient of the BIG EAST Conference's inaugural Sixth Man of the Year Award as a senior in 2008 and was a major contributor to Georgetown's success in 2006-07 when the team won the BIG EAST tournament and advanced to the Final Four.
A proud Jamaican-American, Ewing Jr. represented his father’s homeland with the Jamaican basketball national team in the Centrobasket, FIBA Americas Championship and Caribbean championship from 2011-14.
Ewing Jr., 36, and his wife, Katie, live in Washington, D.C. with their four children, Trey, Isaac, Bailey and Austin. The BlackJacks say his family will move to Ottawa for the CEBL season.
In the nation’s capital, Ewing Jr. will join recently named BlackJacks head coach Charles Dubé-Brais on the Ottawa sidelines.
Team general manager Jevohn Shepherd and assistant general manager Andy Rautins will collaborate with the two coaches, alongside director of basketball strategy and analytics James Derouin, to round out the BlackJacks basketball operations staff and continue to recruit top talent to Ottawa, as CEBL free agency period began Monday.
The CEBL is preparing for its third season in 2021, following last year's CEBL Summer Series in St. Catharines, which saw millions of viewers across Canada tune in to watch 26 games played over 15 days in a single-site league competition.