High scoring combo guard Edwin Rios, 6-foot, 165-pounds, solidified himself as one of the top guards in the class of 2007 with his play this summer for Team Breakdown. The No. 20 ranked player in his class from Miami Senior (Fla.) High School already has offers from two schools, and they are his favorites.
"I like Miami, Florida State, UConn, and Cincinnati,” said Rios. “Both Miami and Cincinnati have offered, and they are my leaders."
When it comes time to choose a school, Rios will be looking for comfort level with the system and the coaching staff.
"I'll be looking for a school that has a good system, somewhere I'll feel comfortable playing,” he said. “They also have to have good coaches. I'll be looking to see who is on the roster when I get there."
Physically mature, Rios is extremely fast with the basketball and can score points in bunches. He just recently led Miami Senior to the finals of The Back to School Classic with a 43 point outburst against the talented Miami Tropics. Last year as a freshman, he averaged over 20 points per game and was the first freshman ever named to the all-tournament team at The City of Palms tournament.
Team Breakdown head coach Kenny Gillion noted both Rios’ winning attitude on the court and his character off the court.
"Once he learns to play the game at different speeds, he'll be almost unstoppable,” said Coach Gillion. “He's very quick. He's a winner. He wants the ball at crunch time. No matter what team Edwins on, he's a winner.
"Edwin is a real down to earth and humble kid off the court but confident on the court. He's a fun kid to be around. He's always asking questions on he can get better. He carries a 3.2 GPA and comes from a great family. His family has done a great job with Edwin."
Rios gave Rivals.com an idea of how he would like to further improve his game.
"I need to keep working on my jump shot and become more consistent,” he said. “I also need to work on my right hand and bulk up some. I do a lot of conditioning work and work out on my legs a lot."