Devils Drop In On Top Sophomore

While in Miami preparing for their match up with the Florida State Seminoles, the Blue Devil coaching staff popped in on one of Florida's best prospects. This sophomore guard burst onto the scene last month at the Beachball Classic in Myrtle Beach.

With the Blue Devils remaining in the Sunshine State between games, the coaching staff had a chance to take a look at one of Florida's top young players: Edwin Rios.

Rios, a 6-foot, 175-pound sophomore guard at Miami Senior High, was evaluated by Duke assistant Steve Wojciechowski on Thursday.

``He can score in so many ways," Miami Senior coach Marcus Carrera said. "He can shoot, drive the ball, he's fearless and he's been defending. There are just so many ways he can hurt you."

``Teams know he's going to score and they still can't stop him," Carrera added. "The other night he didn't play well and he still scored 23."

Rios, who still needs to continue to learn how to play the point guard position, is averaging 27 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists this season. While Carrera said that the Duke staff may not see Rios again until an open gym in the spring, Team Breakdown's Kenny Gillion said that there's a chance the staff could watch him play at the Breakdown Shootout in Tallahassee, Fla., on Jan. 22 when he goes up against Florida-bound guard Derwin Kitchen of Jacksonville Raines.

"How many times does Duke visit a 6'0 sophomore guard?" Gillion said. "That tells you how special Rios is. With all of Rios' success he still remains humble. After having 35 points, 11 assists, 9 rebounds, and 7 steals against Mario Chalmers, he said he could have played better. His desire and work ethic to be the best player in the country makes you root for him."

Carrera said that Miami has already put a scholarship on the table – and that Cincinnati, Louisville, Kentucky and Mississippi State have all expressed interest.

``All he wants to do it win," Carrera said. "He's so competitive."

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