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Pearl Washington to lead '05 NYC hoops hall class

NEW YORK -- Dwayne "Pearl" Washington and Vern Fleming will lead the
2005 inductees into the New York City Basketball Hall of Fame on
Thursday at the New York Athletic Club.

Washington and Fleming will be joined by Lennie Rosenbluth,
Willie Rubenstein and Clarence "Puggy" Bell. The original Celtics
will be inducted as a team; Johnny Bach and Jack Curran will enter
as coaches, and Lou Eisenstein for his officiating.

Washington had three outstanding years at Syracuse after
starring at Boys High in Brooklyn. At Syracuse, the speedy
playmaker averaged 15 points. He turned to the NBA after his junior
season and was drafted by the New Jersey Nets. He returned to
Syracuse and in 1998 received his degree in Communications.

Fleming, one of the greatest high school players in New York
history, went on to star at Georgia and had a distinguished NBA
career with the Indiana Pacers. He was a high school All-America at
Mater Christi in Queens in 1980, averaging 26.5 points and 13
rebounds his senior season.

Rosenbluth, a consensus All-America selection in 1957 at North
Carolina, was an all-PSAL selection at James Monroe in the Bronx.
He played two seasons with Philadelphia in the NBA.

Rubenstein, a Bronx product who attended Theodore Roosevelt High
School, starred at New York University. In his first season,
1933-34, NYU was undefeated, winning 16 in a row. In his junior
season the team, coached by Howard Cann, went 19-1.

Bell, who was captain of the world-renowned New York Renaissance
teams, never played high school or college ball. He played in the
YMCA league, winning several local and state championships, and
then went directly to professional ball, playing with the Passaic
Crescents of New Jersey and the New York Harlem Yankees.