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    Former Syracuse great Dwayne "Pearl" Washington has died, according to his family. He was 52.

    Syracuse announced Washington's death in a news release.

    Washington was diagnosed with a brain tumor last summer. He had surgery in the fall.

    Washington grew up in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn, New York. At a young age, he displayed such skill on the court that locals dubbed him "The Pearl" because his game resembled that of NBA great Earl "The Pearl" Monroe. . . . .

    "Former Syracuse great Dwayne 'Pearl' Washington dead at 52," ESPN, 20 Apr 2016


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    Pearl Washington was a great college basketball player unfortunately he has been overshadowed by Patrick Ewing and Chris Mullin.
    “When you're in jail, a good friend will be trying to bail you out. A best friend will be in the cell next to you saying, 'Damn, that was fun'.”
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    • #3
      Originally posted by Checkertail20 View Post
      Pearl Washington was a great college basketball player unfortunately he has been overshadowed by Patrick Ewing and Chris Mullin.
      Ed Pinckney, Marc Jackson, Willie Glass, Rony Seikaly . . . . I wouldn't say overshadowed, but Pearl definitely had some heavyweight competition for the spotlight.

      Aside from Bill Wennington, Jackson, Mullin, and Ewing, I can't recall any of those Big East players from the '80s having much of an NBA career.
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      • #4
        The Big East was also full of big name college coaches at that time:

        John Thompson*(Georgetown) - Has three appearances in the NCAA Final and won a national championship in 1984.

        Lou Carnesecca* (St. Johns) - Final Four appearance in 1985.

        Jim Boeheim* (Syracuse) - Five Final Four appearances and won national championship in 2003.

        Jim Calhoun* (Connecticut) - Four Final Four appearances and three national championships (1999, 2004 and 2011).

        Gary Williams* (Boston College) - Two Final Four appearances and won national championship at Maryland in 2002.

        Rick Pitino* (Providence) - First coach to take three different teams to Final Four (Providence 1987, Kentucky 1993, 1996 and 1997, and Louisville 2005, 2012 and 2013). Only coach to win a national championship with two different teams 1996 and 2013.

        P.J. Carlesimo (Seton Hall) - Took Seton Hall to 1989 NCAA Final.

        Rollie Massimino (Villanova) - Won 1985 national championship.

        Paul Evans (Pittsburgh) - Evans didn't get to Pitt until 1987 but he did get Pitt ranked in the Top 10. His most notable accomplishment was guiding Navy to an Elite Eight appearance in 1986.

        * Inducted into Basketball Hall of Fame
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