Thirty-three years ago, Georgetown narrowly defeated SMU in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Patrick Ewing was the only Hoyas' player to score 10 or more points in the first of five straight tourney wins for Georgetown as they captured the first national championship in program history. Ewing, one of the best college basketball players of all time and easily the best "Patrick", delivered the win one day after March 17, St. Patrick's Day.
Ewing earned numerous honors for his exploits during the 1983-84 season, as well as his other three seasons at Georgetown, including three First-Team All-American selections and a National Player of the Year Award. And now he headlines an even more prestigious group: the All-Patrick Team.
In honor of Ewing, other famous basketball Patricks, and the 2017 NCAA Tournament's first round taking place on Friday, March 17, here is the College Basketball All-Patrick Team.[divider]
Pat Kennedy's coaching career began in 1973 as the JV coach at King's College in Pennsylvania, his alma mater. Four decades later he had nearly 500 wins as head coach, eight NCAA Tournament appearances, 10 20-win seasons and two conference Coach of the Year Awards. At the D1 level, he led Iona, DePaul, Florida State, Montana and Towson from 1980-2011.
C: Patrick Ewing – Georgetown
A three-time All-American with the Hoyas, Patrick Ewing averaged 15.3 and 9.2 rebounds in four outstanding seasons (1981-85).
He was also a two-time Big East Player of the Year, National Player of the Year and Final Four Most Outstanding Player of the Year after leading Georgetown to the 1984 title.
F: Pat Garrity – Notre Dame
Garrity was a four-year starter at Notre Dame (1994-98), averaging 18.8 points, seven rebounds and two assists for his career. He was the 1997 Big East Player of the Year and a 1998 First-Team All-American.
G: Sean Kilpatrick – Cincinnati
Sean Kilpatrick appeared in 140 games over four seasons at Cincinnati (2010-14). He was a Second-Team All-America as a senior in 2014 after averaging 20.6 points, 4.3 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.4 steals.
G: Pat Riley – Kentucky
Long before Pat Riley was a revered NBA head coach and executive, he dominated at Kentucky for three seasons (1964-67).
The New York native averaged 18.3 points for his career, including 22 during his First-Team All-American and SEC Player of the Year season in 1965-66
G: Pat Page – Chicago
Harlan "Pat" Page is one of the best little-known athletes of all time.
He led the University of Chicago to three national championships (1908-10) and was retroactively named a three-time All-American and 1910 National Player of the Year. Page later won 269 games as a college basketball coach and 58 as a college football coach.
F: Patric Young – Florida
Patric Young gets a bench spot despite the alternative spelling. The 6-foot-9, 240-pound big man played in 150 games over four seasons (2010-14) and in 2014 was named SEC Defensive Player of the Year.
F: Patrick Patterson – Kentucky
Patterson departed Kentucky in 2010 as one of the best forwards in school history.
The former McDonald's All-American averaged 16.1 points and 8.2 rebounds and was twice a First-Team All-SEC selection in his three years (2007-10).
F: Patrick Sullivan – Southeastern Louisiana
While most college basketball fans have never heard of Patrick Sullivan, the folks of the Southland Conference know full well how much he dominated the league for the better part of four years (2006-10).
He averaged at least 1.7 blocks in each of his four years at Southeastern Louisiana, including 3.3 as a senior in 2009-10. Sullivan also posted 15.7 points and 8.7 rebounds that season.
G: Patty Mills – St. Mary's
Patrick "Patty" Mills was a stud in two years at St. Mary's (2007-09), earning two First-Team All-WCC selections and leading the Gaels to 53 wins. He averaged 18.4 points per game in 2008-09.
G: Pat Bradley – Arkansas
Pat Bradley left Arkansas in 1999 as the school and SEC's all-time leader in three-point field goals. In four seasons (1995-99), he made 366 three-pointers in averaging 13.5 points for his career.