Hard in the Paint: A History of Georgetown Centers with Sneaker Heat

Donning the grey and blue is an honor just about every prep player dreams of. For the past three decades, Georgetown has served as a powerhouse in the college hoops realm. While the mid-90s saw the capital city squad showcase guards like Allen Iverson and Victor Page, the Hoyas have a long history of great big men. From Patrick Ewing in the early 80s to recent standouts like Greg Monroe and Roy Hibbert, G’Town has produced its share of prominent post players. As we countdown the days til the release of a signature shoe from one of its most famed centers, we take a look back at the big three that left the firmest footsteps on the Big East and the NBA.

Patrick Ewing

During his days in DC, Patrick Ewing famously wore Nikes on his feet and his sleeve. Years before one and done was the norm, Ewing was one of the first freshman to be featured as a starter on the varsity team. He’d take Georgetown to the NCAA title game three times over the course of four seasons, winning it all in ‘84 against Hakeem Olajuwon and the Houston Cougars.

While the Fab 5’s unofficial endorsement of the Nike Air Force Max and Flight Huarache would see attention and sales a decade later, Patrick Ewing and the Hoyas were becoming the scholar spokesman for Swooshed sneakers in the early ‘80s. Letting their game speak as opposed to ad placement, Ewing laced up the likes of the Nike Air Legend and Air Terminator High.

Nike Air Terminator High “Georgetown”