Top potential replacements for John Thompson III at Georgetown

Patrick Ewing returned to Georgetown. How long will it feel great? Look at another sport for the answer.

After 13 seasons on the Georgetown bench, John Thompson III will no longer coach the Hoyas.

Thompsonpushed Georgetown to the Final Four back in 2007, but his teams followed a downward trend in recent years. The Hoyashave missed the NCAA Tournament three of the past four seasons.

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So who will fill his shoes? Here are six potential candidates who could help the Hoyas reach the top of the Big East once again.

Patrick Ewing, Hornets associate head coach

The most obvious candidate. Ewing led the Hoyas to the 1984 national title as Most Outstanding Playerand enjoyed a decorated 17-year career as a pro before entering the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2008.

Ewing has been searching for a shot to coach his own NBA team, but he has yet to find that opportunity. Would he be willing to drop down to the college ranks fora true chance to run the show? He will have plenty of support from the school and Georgetown legendJohn Thompson II.

Kenya Hunter, Nebraska assistant coach

Another Georgetown connection. Hunter jumped from Georgetown to Nebraska in 2013 after serving as an assistant under Thompson III. Hunter left for Nebraska in hopes that helping build up a struggling program would also build up his name in head coaching searches.

Hunter had an aptitude for developing talent such as former first-round picks Greg Monroe and Roy Hibbert. His skill set and familiarity with the Hoyas could make him a natural fit.

Tommy Amaker, Harvard head coach

Amakercoached in the Big East with Seton Hall from 1997 to2001. It might be time for him to rejoin the conference.

He shaped Harvardinto an Ivy League power, earning a bidto four straight NCAA Tournamentsfrom 2012 to2015. It would be a challenge to return Georgetown to its former glory, but Amaker is no stranger to a difficult task.

Danny Hurley, Rhode Island head coach

Hurley took the Rams from 8-21 in his first season in 2012-13 to 25-10, a conference championship and NCAA Tournament berth in 2016-17. Pretty impressive.

Not only that, but Hurley embodies much of the old Big East attitude, and he certainly wouldn't be scared of a little confrontation with Chris Mullin.

Archie Miller, Dayton head coach

Probably a longshot, but it can't hurt to make the call.Miller's Flyers have been part of March Madness for four consecutive seasons and his name always emerges when a job opens up. He likely has his sights set on a bigger program, but if a school such asIndiana goes in another direction (Steve Alford on line one), would Miller be willing to strike while the iron is hot?

Tom Crean, former Indiana head coach

Creanwas fired right at the start of this year's tournament, but his next coaching job could be right around the corner.

Remember, Crean is only a year removed from winning aBig Ten title and Big Ten Coach of the Year honors. He could inject somelife into the program and lead a turnaround much like he did at Indiana.

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