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Ewing says Williams will make 'a great coach'

Posted on Thursday, October 08, 2009

WYE MILLS – Former NBA star Patrick Ewing enthusiastically endorsed the hiring of new Chesapeake College men´s head basketball coach Reggie Williams.

"I think he´s going to be a great coach," said Ewing, who is currently an assistant coach with the Orlando Magic, during a Thursday morning telephone interview. "He´s played at a high level and he knows the game. And he has a passion for the game."

Ewing, who played with Williams on Georgetown University´s 1984 NCAA championship team, said he sees coaching as a natural progression for those who love the game.

"I never saw myself as a coach, but I found that when you teach others the game and you see them pick up what you´re trying to teach them, it gives you a chill," said Ewing. "I think Reggie´s like that, too."

Williams said he enjoyed the two years he and Ewing overlapped at Georgetown.

"He was a great teammate and one of the best college players of all time," said Williams of Ewing, who helped the Hoyas to three NCAA title game appearances in his four years at Georgetown. "We had a wonderful relationship on and off the court."

Williams, meanwhile, continues to build relationships with his new players, who are still getting to know each other. The only holdovers from last year´s 10-17 team are two red-shirt freshmen, Antoine White and Tracy Jones. Williams inherited a 10-player roster from former head coach John Mappas, who retired last week due to family considerations.

"It´s coming together pretty well," said Williams. "The guys are listening and learning. The practices are pretty structured and demanding – they´re working their tail off."

Williams said his coaching philosophy is built around rebounding and defense – not surprising from someone who spent four years in John Thompson´s system.

"If you rebound and play good defense, you give yourself a chance to be in every game," said Williams. "Offensively, I want to push the ball up court, but with patience – not throwing up quick shots or needlessly turning the ball over."

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