There was one recruiting surprise, at least for this reporter, at last night's Jordan Capital Classic at the MCI Center in Washington, D.C. Patrick Ewing, Jr. (right) indicated that he was not definite about signing with Indiana - their National Letter of Intent is sitting on his desk.
Ewing had competed in the first of the two games Thursday and helped the White team control the play as they secured a 108-86 over the Blue squad. He had 11 points, seven rebounds, three assists, three blocks and none of the 20 turnovers committed by his team.
Following the game, Ewing, Georgetown-signee Matt Causey, a 5-11 point guard from Berkmar HS in Lilburn, GA, and Niagara-bound Lorenzo Miles, another 5-11 point guard, but from Gonzaga College HS in DC, met with reporters in the MCI Center's interview room. (A larger area was set up for the second game's postgame interview with Mr. James.)
Causey, who was the game MVP, at one point said that he was disappointed his pal Patrick wasn't joining him with the Hoyas. To which Patrick jokingly responded, "I didn't want to go with Matt 'cause he gets on my nerves."
Ewing, who this season played for Trevor Brown's program at National Christian Academy in the Washington suburbs, previously attended Marietta High School in Georgia. "I hadn't played with any of the guys on our team besides Matt," he pointed out.
Ewing said that Coach Brown really helped him develop his game. "I wouldn't be where I am now without his help," Ewing said of Brown who also coaches his AAU squad, DC Assault.
The more he spoke, the less it seemed that Indiana was in trouble. When asked again about Indiana, he said there really wasn't any indecision. "Me and my parents just got to sit down and talk about it ," he said. When all three players were asked if they would take advantage of the NCAA rule which allows recruits to enroll for summer school, Ewing talked about adjusting to the small town atmosphere, though he didn't remember the town name is Bloomington. Not that critical since it's Indiana he's focused on.
Ewing also spoke about how comfortable he is with Coach Mike Davis.
The young man noted that he was glad to have an opportunity to play before a big crowd and show, "I'm a pretty good player myself."
Bottom line: It appears Patrick Jr. will still sign the letter with Indiana. He's just doing what all of us should do before signing a contract: read it over, get advice from trusted people and ensure it's the right decision.
Note: For more on Ewing, Mike Pegram of our Indiana affiliate posted a transcript of the group interview and his followup discussion. Please click here.