When Patrick Ewing rekindles the memories of his four years at Georgetown, there's a contented smile on his face.
''I felt like I came into college a boy and left a man,'' said Ewing, the headliner in the 2012 National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame induction class. ''Coach (John) Thompson and all the people at Georgetown did an outstanding job of helping me, not only as a basketball player but also as a human being.''
Ewing's stellar college career came during an era of celebrated centers. From 1983 through 1985, the No. 1 overall picks in the NBA draft were centers Ralph Sampson, Hakeem Olajuwon and Ewing. Sampson and Olajuwon didn't come away with NCAA titles, but Ewing did in 1984 when Georgetown defeated Houston 84-75 in the championship game. It was the highlight of a four-year span in which the 7-foot Ewing led his team to three NCAA championship games and a 121-23 record.
''I was fortunate to be able to go to three of them and blessed to have won one,'' Ewing said. ''...