New Jersey Nets, NBA
- Drafted 13th overall in the 1986 NBA Draft by the Nets
- Consensus NCAA All-American Second Team (1985)
- FIBA U19 Gold Medalist (1983)
- Ranked as the number one high school player (1983)
Dwayne "Pearl" Washington was a Syracuse basketball star and professional NBA point guard from 1986-1989. The Pearl was well known as the master of the "shake and bake", a move in which he would leave his defensive opposition standing still while he drove by them for a layup. Pearl was drafted by the New Jersey Nets in the first round, 13th pick, of the 1986 NBA draft. In 1988, the Miami Heat selected him in their expansion draft. He played 54 games for the Heat before being released. Following his release, Pearl played for the Rapid City Thrillers and San Jose Jammers in the Continental Basketball Association.
Before going pro, Pearl was a playground phenomenon from Boys and Girls High School in Brooklyn, and was the number one overall ranked high school player in 1983. He brought his flashy play to Syracuse University and the Carrier Dome. At Syracuse his junior season, Pearl had two 35 point games against St. Johns, and led the Orangemen again to the Big East finals, with a dramatic 75-73 win over Georgetown in the semi-finals. Pearl was also an MVP of the tournament that year. In 2000, Pearl was named to the Syracuse University All Century team and his uniform number 31 was retired.