Dwayne “Pearl” Washington Inducted in 2005

Player Inducted in 2005
Dwanye "Pearl" Washington Dwayne “Pearl” Washington, Inducted into the NYC Hall of Fame in 2005
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Dwayne Alonzo "PearlWashington (January 6, 1964 – April 20, 2016) a Brooklyn, NY native 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. Washington played at Syracuse University, known as 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.

In 1986 he was selected in the 1st round, 13th overall pick by the New Jersey Nets (1986-88). Washington played for the Miami Heat (1988-89), Rapid City Thriller (1989-90), and San Jose Jammers (1990-91).

Career highlights Consensus second-team All-American (1985), Second-team All-American – UPI (1986), Third-team All-American – AP, NABC (1986), 3× First-team All-Big East (1984–1986), No. 31 retired by Syracuse Orange, First-team Parade All-American (1983), and Second-team Parade All-American (1982).