Dwayne Stephens Sr., father of Michigan State men’s basketball assistant coach Dwayne Stephens, died Wednesday after contracting COVID-19.
Stephens’ nephew, Missouri basketball assistant coach Cornell Mann, confirmed his uncle’s death on Friday.
“DJ (Stephens Jr.) is fine,” Mann said of his cousin. “It’s difficult because my aunt is alone at home and has to deal with this after not being able to be with him in the hospital, so it’s difficult. “
Mann said Stephens Sr. was in his late 60s and lived in Oak Park. He attended Ferndale High School and was an athlete in three sports (football, basketball and track), before playing football at Northwood University.
“He was like a father to me,” said Mann. “A tough, upright guy who made good men into DJs (DJ Jarrett’s younger brother) and me. He was tough, but humble. A hard worker. A loving grandfather. ”
The young Stephens has been part of the staff of Tom Izzo for 16 seasons. He played at MSU from 1989 to 1993.
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