Ken Griffey Jr. played 22 Big League seasons, yet he’ll always be known as “The Kid.”
Now, Arizona Nation will get to further know the Kid’s kids.
Taryn Griffey, the hot-shot basketball phenom of Griffey Jr., committed to the University of Arizona this week, eschewing much more dynamic programs in the process.
Junior’s junior was the Florida High School Athletic Association’s Class 8A player of the year and a two-time state champ at Orlando’s Dr. Phillips High School, (that’s a real school) before tearing her ACL. Despite the injury, she still drew interest from some of the sport’s biggest programs.
That’s a major coup for an Arizona program that went 12-18 (4-13 Pac-12) last season. Things are looking up in Tucson, however. This spring the Wildcats saw their first player (Davellyn Whyte) drafted into the WNBA.
Part of the lure of the Old Pueblo for Taryn certainly was a chance to attend school with her older brother Trey, a wide receiver on Rich Rodriguez’ football team.
It can be argued that Griffey Junior — who jumped to The Show right out of Cincinnati’s Moeller High School — can now be considered an honorary Wildcat alum.
Where do the Griffey’s rank among Arizona’s family lineages?
Damon and Salim Stoudamire: Cousins dominated the hardwood in Tucson, before taking their games to the NBA.
Lute Olson, Julie and Matt Brase: Julie and Matt, played their college ball on a court named after their grandparents.
Rob and Chris Gronkowski: The brothers Gronked Tucson before becoming cult icons in the NFL.
Nic and Dondre Wise: PG Nic continues his hoops career overseas, while walk-on brother is seeking coaching gigs.
Ron and Brad Hassey: Ron was a slugging, MLB, journey-man catcher in the 80s and 90s with the Yankees, White Sox and Indians. Brad manned shortstop for the Wildcats.