Devils Strong Early For Elite Guard

Edwin Rios may be just a sophomore, but he's quietly establishing himself as one of the top guards in the country - regardless of class.

While some parents frown upon their son dribbling a basketball in the wee hours of the morning, that's not the case in the Rios household.

For Miami Senior High (Fla.) 6-foot, 180-pound point guard Edwin Rios, it is all-basketball – all the time.

Rios is just a sophomore, but he's already establishing himself as one of the elite point guards in the country – regardless of class.

``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."

Rios, 16, is a big-time scorer and one of the top outside shooters in the nation. He's averaging 27 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists per game this season and admits that he still needs to work on making better decisions with the basketball. However, his recent play, along with an impressive summer, drew a look from the Duke staff.

``I was going to class and my coach, Marcus Carrera, told me that Duke was going to come watch me," Rios said. "That's a big thing for me having a college like that see me. I was amazed and didn't believe it until the next week, when I came to practice and saw one of their assistant coaches. It was like a dream come true for me."

Along with the Blue Devils, Rios also likes Miami, Cincinnati, Wake Forest and Florida State.

``At this point, I think I really like Duke," added Rios.

However, it's still unclear whether the interest in mutual and the Blue Devils feel that Rios is a good fit for their program.

Rios plays extremely hard, is aggressive, poised and also has a 3.0 GPA. His father, Edwin, who lived in New York for a few years, compares his son to a young Kenny Anderson.

He takes losing so hard that he goes to his room and doesn't come out for the rest of the night after a loss.

``I know I'm a sore loser," Rios said. "I'm just so competitive and hate to lose."

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