A basketball tournament will be held in Duncanville this weekend in honor of a star Dallas ISD student-athlete who was killed in a car accident.
Deshawn Jagwan, 18, was a senior at Woodrow Wilson High School in Dallas at the time of his death in April. Jagwan’s family accepted his degree weeks later as he graduated with honors.
“I have to believe that God had a plan for him and believe it. My family, we all do it,” her mother Charlotte Stephens said.
Stephens said his son was a talented basketball player and dreamed of playing professionally. He received an offer to play at the college level and received an offer for a full scholarship from Park University Gilbert in Arizona shortly after his death.
This weekend, a tournament will be held at Duncanville Field House with proceeds going to high school graduates.
Stephens said many players signed up to participate this weekend have played basketball with his son over the years.
“He dreamed of playing in college and certainly at the next level, NBA. So many hopes and aspirations that have not been fulfilled. We’re just going to keep the movement going for him,” she said. “One of the things he wrote in his farewell to Woodrow Wilson was to keep moving. He wanted the players to believe in themselves.
Stephens said initially she expected about 10 teams to sign up. In the end, more teams expressed interest in showing their support and she said the deadline for entries had been extended twice. There are now dozens of registrants this weekend, she said.
“It’s just a testament to who Deshawn was. He was the compassionate, sensitive, caring friend, brother you could have had,” she said. would only have 100 or 200 people there. I was told there were over 1,100 people there. I think that speaks to who he was at such a young age.
Shortly after Deshawn’s death, the family launched the Deshawn Jagwan Athletic Foundation. The foundation was able to provide student-athletes with scholarships.
The tournament begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday, August 20.