Syracuse legend Dwayne “Pearl” Washington will undergo brain surgery tomorrow to remove a reoccurring tumor.
The former standout player who played three seasons with the Orange, leaving early for the NBA draft, was a dynamic player and fan-favorite. Averaging 15.7 points and 6.7 assists per game and leading his team to three NCAA tournament appearances, Pearl would go on to be drafted by the Nets with the 13th overall pick in the 1989 draft where he played three seasons before deciding that he no longer had a passion for the game.
The tumor in his brain, originally diagnosed almost 20 years ago, went through a relapse and is looking to be a “very serious” procedure. Washington, a very private person, didn’t want to bring much attention to the situation and hasn’t really spoken on his status. Most of the reports on his health have come from family and close family friends speaking with the media.
Syracuse is showing support for one of the greatest players in the history of the Big East by keeping Orange Nation in the loop of Washington’s status updates.
Lets hope for a successful surgery and speedy recovery.