MLB playoffs already going off … We measure success today in statistics and championships and NBA service time. He committed to Syracuse in 1983, left an indelible mark on Orange basketball, and ranks as one of Boeheim's most important recruits. Dwayne Washington grew up in the poor neighborhood of Brownsville, a section of Brooklyn, New York. The resolution to name a street in Brooklyn for former Syracuse basketball star Pearl Washington passed in December 2018. Washington grew up in the Brownsville section of the New York City borough of Brooklyn, where he acquired his nickname as an eight-year-old in a taunting comparison to Earl "the Pearl" Monroe. Washington brought his charismatic style from the New York City basketball courts to become the […] They all ran out and embraced Pearl. I wanted to make sure that the things that he wanted to do, that he couldn’t, that he was unable to do, that me as an educator I could take over and do.”, Advocates say COVID-19 dangers continue to plague state prisons, The LeBron vs. Jordan debate should extend beyond the basketball court, Million Man March commemoration on the Brooklyn Bridge, Amenze’s Black Art––using her voice through her hands. Washington had some of his best moments in an arena he cherished — Madison Square Garden. Pearl Washington's mom Jannie Washington (left), his sister Janie (middle) and fiancee Debra Busacco. In his senior year of high school, Washington averaged 35 points, 10 rebounds, and eight assists per game. © 2020 Advance Local Media LLC. He was a 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m), 190 pounds (86 kg) guard. 6 Pick in the 1986 NBA Draft: ‘I Hated Basketball’, “Color Him Orange: The Jim Boeheim Story,”. The term ankle-breaker hadn't even made its way into the everyday lexicon. The stories sound like tall tales. , Washington had surgery on August 27, 2015, at Crouse Hospital in Syracuse to address a malignant brain tumor. Washington was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2016 and died shortly thereafter. "There was no better guy and there's nobody who has meant more to our basketball program than Dwayne Washington," Boeheim said last fall. "He was so charismatic. Washington was drafted by the New Jersey Nets in the first round (13th pick) of the 1986 NBA draft. 6 Pick in the 1986 NBA Draft: ‘I Hated Basketball’. He also averaged 15.7 points per game, including 17.3 in his senior year. He had a flair, but it wasn’t something he put on. Washington left an impressive trail: Big East rookie of the year, first-team Big East all three years of college, and first team All-American his junior year. Not Washington. A point guard, Washington played three seasons for the Orange, from 1983 to 1986. Syracuse, N.Y. -- Syracuse basketball legend Pearl Washington will have a street named after him in the Brownsville section of his native Brooklyn. "To me, the most exciting person to see was Pearl," former Big East commissioner Mike Tranghese told me two years ago. That he timed his poetic game with the rise of the Big East can only be called serendipitous for both. There weren't, after all, banks of cameras to record the highlights, nor much in the way of 24-hour news to show them. His ability to shake an opponent from a very young age earned him the nickname “the Pearl” like Hall Of Famer, New York Knick great, Earl “the Pearl” Monroe. -- as in Earl "The Pearl" Monroe. He did things that got people out of their seats.''. After losing 97-85 to Navy and David Robinson in the second round of the 1986 NCAA Tournament, Washington announced he would forgo his senior year and enter the NBA draft, the first player under Boeheim to leave school early.