"I was close [to attending UNC]. North Carolina was a very good school but, you know, when I went down there they put me in that Carolina Inn and there was a big Ku Klux Klan rally at North Carolina when I was there. And I'm like, 'You know what? I'm not coming down here. I'm staying my butt back in Boston.'"
Ewing was born in Jamaica and moved to Cambridge, Mass., while in middle school. He said his first choice was Georgetown, his second UCLA and that Dean Smith himself suggested Ewing should pick Georgetown if opting against UNC.