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Sam Richmond | NCAA.com | April 20, 2016

Pearl Washington: Magic Johnson, Joe Biden and more pay tribute to Syracuse legend

The basketball world lost a true legend on Wednesday. At 52, Dwayne “Pearl” Washington passed away due to a brain tumor.

Shortly after the news of Washington’s passing broke, many stars in sports, entertainment and politics paid their respects to the former Syracuse star.

Washington played at Syracuse from 1983-1986, helping the Orange to an NCAA tournament appearence in each of his three seasons. The point guard was known for his incredible ball-handling, as well as his versatility; he racked up 1,490 points (ranks 25th in Syracuse history), 631 assists (ranks fourth) and 220 steals (ranks fifth). 

The New Jersey Nets selected Washington with the 13th overall pick in the 1986 NBA Draft. Washington played for both the Nets and the Miami Heat during his three-year NBA career.

 

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