ALLEN — Wesley Christian High School junior guard/forward Dishawn Thompson is making a name for himself as a top young player in the prep ranks. Thompson (6-5, 215), who came to Wesley Christian from Huntington Prep, exited the month of January averaging 16 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists per game for the Wesley Christian boys’ basketball team. A product of Brampton, Ontario, Thompson continues to help lead a solid Wesley Christian team. He is working hard to reach the next level. And the next level after that.
Thompson keeps in close contact with his family. He draws from strong family ties that bind. The support of an NBA player is also never more than one phone call away for Thompson. His older brother, Tristan, plays for the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers.
“My mother and older brother Tristan, who plays for the Cleveland Cavaliers, check on me,” Thompson said. “Me and my brother are really close to each other. We always text each other and check up on one another. Everyday, he lets me know the only way to success is to work in the books. My brother and his old teammate, Myck Kabongo, started something called Grind 2 Shine (G2S) and that’s the motto I go by. If my older brother sees me doing wrong he will be the first to tell me to smarten up. I really look up to him. He has opened doors for a lot of Canadians and he is my role model and a great brother.”
Thompson is working hard to help lead the Wesley Christian boys’ basketball team to a state championship.
“The only goal I have left is for us to win the state championship,” Thompson said. “As far as individual goals for me, those are to play to the best of my ability and pick up more college interest.”
Thompson has already received interest from NC State, Oregon State, Central Florida , Baylor, Florida and Cleveland State. Prior to being selected as the fourth overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, his brother played at Texas. Maybe that’s part of the reason why Thompson has a soft spot in his heart for the Big 12 Conference.
“My dream school will always be Kansas or a school in the Big 12,” Thompson confided.
Thompson is also quick to compliment Wesley Christian High School and its staff.
“Coach Jack (Jarrell) has been really good to me; he is always looking out for me, both off the court and on the court,” Thompson said.
Later in the year, Thompson will play for the 17U EYBL team, CIA/Bounce.
Dishawn Thompson’s motto is “Grind 2 Shine” and that’s just what he’s doing.