Former Syracuse basketball star Dwayne “Pearl” Washington passed away this morning after a long battle with a brain tumor. Washington was just 52 years old.
The great Pearl Washington has passed away. The entire Orange Nation mourns. https://t.co/RhsNsNjfDm
— Syracuse Basketball (@Cuse_MBB) April 20, 2016
Washington was diagnosed with the tumor last year and saw his health decline rapidly in recent months. He first came to Syracuse out of Brooklyn, New York’s Boys and Girls High School. The 6-foot-2 point guard went on to star for the Orange for three seasons and helped put the Big East on the map, averaging 15.7 points and 2.3 steals per game while shooting 53 percent from the field. He was then drafted by the New Jersey Nets with the 13th pick in the 1986 NBA Draft and spent three years in the league with both the Nets and the Miami Heat.
And the Syracuse faithful rallied behind Washington when he got sick, helping to raise money for his treatment and the players wore warmup shirts honoring him this past season.
Campus Sports sends its sincerest condolences to Washington’s family.
*Featured Photo (above) credit to Syracuse