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ACC to Recognize Pearl Washington as Part of 2017 Legends Class

The ACC has announced their 2017 Legends Class, and it includes one of Syracuse basketball's most notable players.

This year, the ACC will recognize a former star from each conference team during the conference tournament in Brooklyn (N.Y.) from March 7th through the 11th. Syracuse's legend will be the late Pearl Washington.

The capsule on Pearl from the ACC release:

"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 listed 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."

The full 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, Pittsburgh
Pearl Washington, Syracuse
Junior Burrough, Virginia
Bobby Beecher, Virginia Tech
Josh Howard, Wake Forest


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