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Pearl Washington to be honored at ACC Tournament this March

And rightfully so.

NCAA Basketball: Georgetown at Syracuse
 A number "31" emblem is unveiled at the half to honor former Syracuse Orange player Pearl Washington who passed away in 2016 during halftime of a game against the Georgetown Hoyas at the Carrier Dome. Georgetown won the game 78-71.
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The late Pearl Washington will be honored at this year’s ACC Tournament in the Brooklyn, the conference announced earlier today.

Fourteen former standout players and an inspirational national championship coach headline this year’s class of Atlantic Coast Conference Basketball Legends presented by New York Life.

The fourteen inductees are:

Troy Bell, Boston College

Edward Scott, Clemson

Shelden Williams, Duke

Tim Pickett, Florida State

Matt Harpring, Georgia Tech

Rodney McCray, Louisville

Wayne Beckner, Miami

Antawn Jamison, North Carolina

Jim Valvano, NC State

Gary Brokaw, Notre Dame

Curtis Aiken, Pitt

Pearl Washington, Syracuse

Junior Burrough, Virginia

Bobby Beecher, Virginia Tech

Josh Howard, Wake Forest

NCAA Basketball: Georgetown at Syracuse
The family of former Syracuse Orange player Pearl Washington watch highlights of Pearl on the screen during a ceremony honoring Pearl at the half of a game against the Georgetown Hoyas at the Carrier Dome. Georgetown won the game 78-71.
Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

As the press release reads:

Pearl Washington, Syracuse (1983-86) – A standout point guard on three of head coach Jim Boeheim’s teams of the mid-1980s, Washington established a lasting legacy during a collegiate career in which he tallied 1,490 career points, a total that still ranks 25th on the school's list. He led the Orange in scoring as a junior, averaging 17.3 points per outing. He distributed 199 assists as a freshman, the top rookie mark at Syracuse, and ranks fourth in career assists with 631. He led the team in assists each of his three seasons. Washington, who passed away last spring at the age of 52, made 220 career steals to rank fifth on the Orange’s all-time list, and Syracuse earned NCAA Tournament invitations in each of his seasons with the program. One of his many show-stopping plays came in his freshman season in the Carrier Dome, when his halfcourt shot as time expired lifted the Orange to 75-73 win over Boston College. Syracuse recognized Washington this past December by affixing his number “31” at the spot on court from which he launched his famous shot.

This is extremely well deserved to an incredible basketball player, and an even better person.