NEW YORK — When Jessie Govan learned in April that his new coach at Georgetown University was going to be none other than Patrick Ewing, he couldn’t have been happier.
After all, who better to teach the 6-foot-10, 270-pound Queens Village, N.Y. native what it takes to reach his dream of playing in the NBA than arguably the greatest Knick of all time and one of the best centers in the history of the NBA?
“I was ecstatic,” Govan told me this week at Big East Media Day at Madison Square Garden, where the Hoyas were picked to finish ninth in the 10-team league. “He’s a Hall of Famer and New York Knick, obviously where I’m from.
“When coach got hired, I was just real excited. You know, big man, big man coach, so I’m just excited for this season.”