Georgetown is aiming high with its upcoming basketball hire, but the Hoyas have reportedly been turned down by top targets Mike Brey and Shaka Smart.
According to CBS Sports‘ Gary Parrish, the Notre Dame and Texas coaches have informed Georgetown that they are happy at their respective programs.
Georgetown initially aimed high in its attempt to replace John Thompson III and reached out to both Notre Dame’s Mike Brey and Texas’ Shaka Smart, a source told CBS Sports. But the source added that Brey and Smart each respectfully declined to pursue the job. So Georgetown’s search remains wide open.
The Washington Post reported that Brey and Smart were on Georgetown’s list last week. While Brey is from the D.C. area and Smart thrived at nearby VCU, neither move made much sense. Smart has a top recruiting class coming in at Texas, and Brey has turned Notre Dame into a strong contender in the ACC in recent years. Arguing that Georgetown would be even a lateral move for either is a stretch, but you certainly can’t knock Georgetown for shooting its shot.
Amaker is a much more realistic name for the Big East program, and he is currently having an extremely successful tenure at Harvard. Hoya legend Patrick Ewing is also a popular name that has been floated, and he has paid his dues in coaching ranks in recent years. Since his retirement from the NBA, Ewing has been an assistant coach for the Washington Wizards, Houston Rockets, Orlando Magic, and Charlotte Hornets.
Ewing would probably go a long way towards satiating legendary coach John Thompson II, after the program fired his son following the season. “Big John” certainly looms over this hire, and both coaches to follow him at Georgetown have been directly connected to him: John Thompson III and former Thompson assistant Craig Esherick. Whether Thompson should still have that kind of influence is a different question entirely.