- The Washington Times - Saturday, March 8, 2003

Seen and heard last night at MCI Center:
EWING JR. BLAZING OWN TRAIL: Wizards assistant coach Patrick Ewing just smiled and shook his head when asked about Patrick Ewing Jr.'s decision to enroll at Indiana.
"Man, I can't say anything about it yet," the former Georgetown and Knicks legend said. "I've got to let it sink in first."
Ewing's son is a 6-foot-8, 220-pound power forward who averaged 19 points, 12 rebounds and a pair of blocks for National Christian Academy in Fort Washington. Ewing selected Indiana over Texas, Virginia, and, or course, Georgetown.
One Wizard who saw nothing wrong with the younger Ewing's decision was former Hoosier Jared Jeffries.
"I think it's going to be a great experience for him," Jeffries said. "He's going to do fine."
MORE THAN JUST A NUMBER: The NBA is toying with the idea of raising the age limit to 20 for the 2004 NBA Draft, and Wizards coach Doug Collins doesn't seem to have a problem with that.
"I would like to see them have a little more age on them," Collins said. "That doesn't mean that they should have to go to college."
Collins said he believes players should spend at least two years in college to get experience and prepare for the NBA.
Collins said Kwame Brown, whom the Wizards selected out of high school with the top pick in the 2001 draft, would have benefited immensely from going to college.
"I don't think there's any question that Kwame would have been more ready to play NBA basketball next year if he were a rookie after two years. And after being a star on his college team. Most NBA players were stars on their college teams. What goes with that? Winning on the road, traveling. I think that's all a process of growing."
So what about Ohio schoolboy sensation LeBron James?
"I just think that young guy's got too much pressure on him. I wouldn't want to trade positions with him for anything," Collins said.
John N. Mitchell

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