Today is a sad day for basketball fans across the globe. Pearl Washington, the former Syracuse University basketball player, passed away early Wednesday morning after a battle with brain cancer. Washington was 52 years old.
In 1983, Dwayne 'Pearl' Washington (Brooklyn, NY) was the number one ranked high school basketball recruit in the country, the Most Valuable Player in the McDonald's High School All-American game, and a New York City playground hoops legend.
Washington played three seasons in Syracuse, garnering first-team All-Big East honors each year and second-team All-American nods in 1985 (AP) and 1986 (UPI).
Pearl had a huge impact on college basketball, he bought unprecedented national media coverage and legitimacy to the Big East and Syracuse.
In 1996, Pearl's uniform (#31) was retired by SU.