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    Pearl Washington Announced in 2017 Basketball Legends Class

    January 25, 2017

    GREENSBORO, N.C. ( – Syracuse legend Pearl Washington is one of fourteen former standout players along with an inspirational national championship coach to headline this year's class of Atlantic Coast Conference Basketball Legends presented by New York Life.
    The Legends will be recognized during the 2017 New York Life ACC Tournament, which will be held March 7-11 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
    The 2017 ACC Legends Class:
    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
    This year's ACC Legends class includes two individual that were integral parts of NCAA Championship teams, two National Players of the Year, one National Defensive Player of the Year, four conference Players of the Year and two ACC Tournament MVPs.

    Pearl Washington
    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.

    For Complete Information on Current and Past ACC Legends Classes:
    About the ACC 
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