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Delino DeShields’ daughter is the national women’s high school basketball player of the year

Feb 26, 2013, 4:16 PM EDT

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Former big leaguer Delino DeShields (and his wife) must have some pretty amazing genes.

His son, Delino DeShields Jr., is a 20-year-old second baseman in the Astros’ farm system who was the eighth overall pick in the 2010 draft and ranks among Baseball America‘s top 100 prospects after stealing 101 bases last season.

And now his daughter, Diamond DeShields, was just named the national women’s high school basketball player of the year. Delino Sr. is 6-foot-1 and Delino Jr. is 5-foot-9, but Diamond is a 6-foot-2 shooting guard headed to the University of North Carolina.

UPDATE: Even better,’s awesome basketball writer Kevin Pelton points out that Diamond DeShields played on the same AAU team as Ken Griffey Jr.’s daughter, Taryn Griffey, who’s one of the top players in the 2014 class.

  1. genericcommenter - Feb 26, 2013 at 4:53 PM

    Delino was a really good basketball player, too. He was 2nd Team All-State in High School as a Freshman and First Team his Jr and Sr years.

    • kinggw - Feb 27, 2013 at 2:47 PM

      His wife was also a champion sprinter at the University of Tennessee. Those kids were destined to be athletes.

  2. ccirrici - Feb 26, 2013 at 7:04 PM

    It will only be a matter of time until the Dodgers trade their best pitching prospect for one or the other.

  3. tfbuckfutter - Feb 26, 2013 at 8:00 PM

    I will resist the urge to say something tongue-in-cheekly misogynistic and just say “good job pumpkin”.

    • paperlions - Feb 26, 2013 at 9:23 PM

      Man, you must have have resisted very hard, because….you failed.

      • tfbuckfutter - Feb 26, 2013 at 10:02 PM

        I did?

        No way.

  4. ncphilliesguy - Feb 27, 2013 at 3:33 PM

    Delino Sr. had a basketball scholarship to Villanova to play point guard. He turned it down to sign with Montreal. I was way disappointed at the time.

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