Catching up with 2007 UM Commit

MIAMI, Fla. - CanesTime.com caught up with Edwin Rios, a 2007 point guard who committed to the Hurricanes during his sophomore season in which he helped lead Miami Senior High to a Florida class 6A state championship.

Edwin Rios (6-0/185) is a point guard for Team Breakdown on the AAU circuit this summer. In April he played with Team USA in Germany and recently got back from the ABCD camp.

"It has been pretty good," Rios said, on his summer prior to his senior year. "It has been a little bit above average."

The experience with Team USA was a good one for Rios, who met a lot of players across the country including Antonio Jardine (Syracuse commit), Rick Jackson (Syracuse commit), and A.J. Stewart (undecided).

"It has been a pretty good summer so far," Rios said. "We still have this tournament here, then we go to Vegas, then Nationals in Orlando, so we still have plenty of time left and hopefully I get my ranking back up and just have fun."

Rios is currently the 12th ranked point guard in the nation and the 70th best player in the nation.

Heading into the summer he wanted to improve on his ball-handling skills, foot speed, and defense. With the summer nearly over he wants to specifically concentrate on his jump shot and finishing at the basket.

He plays today in the quarterfinals of the Breakdown Hoops Festival at LaSalle High School in Miami at 10:30 a.m.

If they win they will play at 2:15 p.m. with the championship game at 7 p.m.

UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI

Rios has been committed to the Miami Hurricanes since his sophomore year when the recruiting process was very hectic for the well-known point guard.

Plenty of time has passed since his oral commitment, but he still plans on attending UM.

"I am still a solid commitment and I see myself signing during the early signing period," Rios said. "I am not going anywhere else."

Being committed early removes the stresses of deciding on a school and playing well for the coaches in attendance. It is a process that Rios is glad he is passed.

"You know where you are going so now it is just about playing hard and competing," said Rios, who is one of two commitments in the 2007 class for Frank Haith's squad.

Although he is a solid commitment he is in touch with the college coaches as he calls them "every other day".

Miami finished 18-16 last year and Rios was able to attend a number of home games, which he enjoyed watching.

"They looked good, I just wish they would have made the NCAA tournament," Rios said. "Hopefully they do it this year."

This year Miami is bringing in four new freshman in the 2006 recruiting class including Rios' former teammate at Miami High, Dwayne Collins.

Collins is a 6-foot-8, 225-pound power forward who is expected to compete for playing time this fall.

Rios has known Collins since he was in the sixth grade and thinks highly of his future teammate.

"I think he is going to do good at Miami," Rios said. "He is real athletic and I just can't wait to play with him again."

Rios wants to wear number 5 at Miami and they want him to get up to 200 pounds when he enrolls in the fall of 2007.

CHAMINADE MADONNA PREP

Last year Rios transferred from Miami High to Chaminade Madonna Prep in Hollywood, Fla. The adjustment was tough for Rios.

"It took me a while to adjust because of waking up so early and driving for an hour," he said. "I was late for the first couple of weeks, but after that I adjusted like anything else. Everything is good so far."

He credits the number of good people he has come in contact with there as ones who have made an impact in his adjustment.

During his senior season he expects his team to be "alright".


Christopher Stock can be reached at stock@canestime.com

Canes Time Top Stories