Dwayne Washington (basketball)
|Born||January 6, 1964|
Brooklyn, New York City, New York
|Died||April 20, 2016 (aged 52)|
The Bronx, New York City, New York
|Listed height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Listed weight||190 lb (86 kg)|
|High school||Boys and Girls|
|NBA draft||1986 / Round: 1 / Pick: 13th overall|
|Selected by the New Jersey Nets|
|1986–1988||New Jersey Nets|
|1989–1990||Rapid City Thrillers|
|1990–1991||San Jose Jammers|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Points||1,660 (8.6 ppg)|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
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. He was a playground phenomenon from Boys and Girls High School in Brooklyn, and was rated as the number one overall high school player in the United States in 1983. He brought his flashy play to Syracuse University and the Carrier Dome. "The Pearl" was the master of the "shake and bake", in which he would leave his defensive opposition standing still while he drove by them for a layup.
Washington was drafted by the New Jersey Nets in the first round (13th pick) of the 1986 NBA draft. In two seasons with the Nets he averaged 9 points per game. In 1988 the Miami Heat selected him in their expansion draft. He played 54 games for the Heat before being released. Following his release, Washington played for the Rapid City Thrillers and San Jose Jammers in the Continental Basketball Association.
- Vecsey, George. "SPORTS OF THE TIMES; The Pearl Fits In At Syracuse", The New York Times, March 9, 1984. Accessed December 5, 2007. "This part of the legend does survive: Washington admits that when he was 8 years old at the Howard Housing Project in Brownsville, his elders asked him: Who do you think you are, the Pearl?"
- 1991-92 Official CBA Guide and Register, page 329
- Christian Red and Kevin Armstrong (2015-08-31). "Syracuse basketball star Dwayne 'Pearl' Washington has malignant brain tumor". nydailynews.com. Retrieved 2015-08-31.
- AP Staff (2016-04-20). "Former Syracuse basketball star Pearl Washington dies at 52". latimes.com. Retrieved 2016-04-20.