Patrick Aloysius Ewing was born in Kingston, Jamaica on August 5th, 1962. He arrived in the United States at age 11, and was quickly introduced to basketball, as he had reached a towering height of 6’10 while still in junior high school. From there, he became nationally recognized for his active role in ‘Hoya Paranoia’ while at Georgetown University. During his four years (that’s right, we said four years) of college, Ewing took home one NCAA title and appeared in two other championship games.
After his days working as the ‘Hoya Destroya’, Patrick was drafted in 1985 by the New York Knicks. Interestingly enough, the Knicks won the first ever NBA Draft Lottery to obtain Ewing and change the face of the struggling franchise. Although he never won an NBA Championship, #33 racked up some pretty impressive stats. After winning Rookie of the Year in 1985, Ewing was named to the All-NBA First Team in 1990 and the All NBA Second team six times from 1989 to 1997. He went on to become an 11-time All Star, two-time Olympic Gold Medalist, and was recognized as one of 50 greatest players in NBA History in 1996. Patrick Ewing retired from basketball in 2002 as New York Knicks' all-time leader in nearly every significant category and the game's 13th all-time scorer with 24,815 points. He was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2008.