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Hoosier Standout Impressed By "Pearl"

Updated: February 5, 2010, 8:09 PM ET
By Ronnie Flores | ESPNRISE.com

Nowadays, the country's top players such as Jared Sullinger of Northland (Columbus, Ohio) and Deshaun Thomas of Bishop Luers (Fort Wayne, Ind.) know each other well before end-of-the-season national All-Star games. But that wasn't the case back when Thomas' head coach James Blackmon participated in the McDonald's All-American Game in Atlanta in 1983 and met Dwayne "Pearl" Washington.

"Back then it was more of a reputation-type thing," Blackmon recalled. "I heard about him because ...

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