Top 10 Top College Players Who Failed in the Pros

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10. Pearl Washington

College: Syracuse. Averaged 15.6 ppg and 6.7 apg and second-team All-American in 1984-85.

NBA Draft: New Jersey Nets, 13th overall in 1986.

NBA: In 3 seasons he played in 194 games and averaged 8.6 ppg and 3.8 apg while shooting 18 percent from 3-point range.

For Dwayne 'Pearl' Washington, the hype began early. He had quite the reputation in New York City for his unbelievable ball-handling skills and was the top-ranked player his senior year of high school. He took those talents to Syracuse where he was instrumental in bringing an entertainment value that drew fans to pack the relatively new Carrier Dome. Pearl put himself on the map early in his college career, knocking down a halfcourt shot to beat Boston College and then running straight into the locker room.

But his career at Syracuse ended with an upset loss as the second-seeded Orangemen fell to a seventh seed Navy team anchored by David Robinson. A three-year All-Big East first-team selection, Washington became the first player under Jim Boeheim to leave early for the NBA.

In the pros he was too slow and not a good enough shooter to cut it.

Top 10 College Players Who Failed in the NBA

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