Five-star prospect Edwin Rios, a 6-foot, 185-pound point guard from South Miami (Fla.) High School, had a surprise visitor at his high school practice on Thursday. One ACC power stopped by to watch him play, elevating the team into his top three college options. Rivals.com caught up with the class of 2007 prospect and got the latest on his recruitment.
Rios, the No. 20 ranked player in the sophomore class, has lived up to his billing this season, scoring at will and lighting up defenses with his big-time scoring ability and overall court awareness. Always capable of scoring 40 plus points and dishing out a handful of assists, Rios has quickly emerged as one of the most sought after players in the class of 2007.
When Duke traveled to Miami, assistant coach Steve Wojciechowski stayed an extra day to watch Rios in practice. It was a welcomed surprise says Rios.
"It was good for our program to have a school like Duke at our school," Rios said. "We've never had any body that big come by. It's a high-caliber school. It was pretty interesting."
The visit also captivated Rios enough to say they are one of his top choices.
"They are in my top three right now," Rios said. "They are a pretty good school and I like the way Coach K teaches his guards and just teaches the game. I like Duke. I like them a lot. I'm pretty much accustomed to their style of play and to their tempo."
Miami and Cincinnati round out his top three. The 'Canes obviously have a home town advantage and the Bearcats have made serious in-roads in Florida with the addition of former South Miami head coach Frank Martin.
"(Martin) is doing a good job of getting back to his roots and trying to get Miami guys to play in Cincinnati," Rios said.
The Bearcats are in good shape with Rios and teammate Jonathan Hall, a junior. Even with a top three, Rios said he hasn't thought too much about making visits yet though.
"I'll just see what schools are looking at me and talk to my dad and (AAU coaches) Kenny and Brion Gillion and see what schools we want to visit," Rios said.
Rios said Duke will return on Saturday when South Miami plays Jacksonville Raines, featuring Florida bound Derwin Kitchen, in Tallahassee.