Ewing's path to Indiana

Patrick Ewing Jr. took an unusual path in his high school career, attending 4 high schools in 3 different states. The combination of playing with one of the best high school teams in the nation one year and working with esteemed National Christian Academy Coach Trevor Brown the next developed Ewing into one of the nation's premier forwards.

Patrick Ewing Jr. has endured a complicated high school career. He spent his first two years of high school at a prep school in New York, where he did not play basketball. Then, his mother won custody of Patrick, so he moved to Atlanta to stay with her. Ewing enrolled at Holy Innocents Episcopal School as a sophomore in 2000, though that season was his first spent playing basketball.

The following year, he transferred to perennial Georgia high school powerhouse Marietta. Ewing awaited approval from The Georgia High School Association to become eligible for the 2001-2002 season and was forced to sit out the first semester of the year.

Once granted eligibility, Marietta became one of the best high school teams in the nation. Wake Forest's Chris Ellis, son of former NBA great Dale Ellis, started alongside Ewing. Jazz Ross added a quick, slicing small forward to the roster, causing many local writers to consider Marietta the best team in Georgia high school history.

Marietta lost in the state quarterfinals to Lakeside High School, the two-time defending state champions. Lakeside ranked #2 in the state, was a large underdog in the game, but won against the highly-touted Blue Devils after Ewing Jr. fouled out late in the game. Lakeside took momentum and #1Marietta could not make a comeback without their best player.

The GHSA ruled that Ewing could not play another year for Marietta because its rules allow players to play only in their first four years of high school participation, and Ewing already had completed 4 years of high school.

In order to gain another year of experience, Ewing transferred again to National Christian Academy in Fort Washington Maryland.

Coach Trevor Brown helped Ewing develop a more all-around game, transforming him into a multi-dimensional forward.

"He's 6'8 and athletic and versatile. He can put the ball on the floor, shoot the three, and he's a developing post player, who rebounds well and blocks shots," Brown said. "What's unique is he's 6'8 and can do all those things."

Brown also believes that Ewing will continue to grow taller before coming to Bloomington next year.

"I think he'll end up 6'9 or taller before he stops growing," Brown said.

Despite playing close to the DC area Ewing did not sign with Georgetown even after the Hoyas offered him a scholarship. Ewing kept his options open and made his first visit to a college when he attended Indiana's game against Minnesota last Tuesday. Ewing immediately built a strong bond with Coach Mike Davis and his family and decided to accept Indiana's offer without visiting any other schools.

Ewing's style of play fits perfectly into Indiana's offense. He can post inside, or he can take his man out on the perimeter.

"Hopefully his coach understands he's not a true back to the basket player. When he came here he was a post player. I've given him the confidence he needs to be a good combo player. Now we're working more on his inside moves."

Ewing gives Indiana some badly-needed offense inside as George Leach, Sean Kline, and Mike Roberts are not offensive threats in the post. By signing a top 100 recruit, Indiana bolstered its roster significantly for next season.

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