Division: NBA, CBA
Position: Point Guard
Highschool: Boys and Girls
Dwayne Washington is a retired American college basketball star and professional player from 1986-1989. His nickname is “Pearl”. He was a 6’2″ (1.88 m) 190 lb (86 kg) guard.
Washington grew up in the Brownsville section 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 the number 1 overall ranked high school player 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. On January 24, 1984 Pearl Washington scored perhaps what Syracuse fans say as the greatest moment in SU basketball History when with 4 Seconds to go, Sean Kerins passes the ball inbounds to Dwayne Washington, he runs to half court and shoots a half court shot and scores the game winning shot with no time left on the clock to win the game 75-73 broadcast on USA network.
Washington was drafted by the New Jersey Nets in the 1st 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 theRapid City Thrillers and San Jose Jammers in the Continental Basketball Association.