Former NBA player Dwayne “Pearl” Washington passed away at age 52, after a battle with brain cancer. Washington was diagnosed with a brain tumor in summer of 2015. He had surgery in the fall.
Syracuse announced Washington’s death in a news release and later the NBRPA published a condolences message.
Washington played at Syracuse from 1983 to 1986 where he led the school in both assists and steals in all three years. He was named an All-American in each year of his Syracuse career.
The university retired his number 31 jersey in March 1996.
Following his standout Syracuse career, Washington went into the NBA, playing for the New Jersey Nets and Miami Heat.
During his three seasons in the NBA, Washington appeared in 194 games (started 79), averaging 8.6 ppg, 3.8 apg in 20.8 mpg.
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