Rios Signs Letter of Intent with Miami

MIAMI, FLA. - Miami Senior High guard Eddie Rios signed his letter of intent with the University of Miami earlier today with his family members, friends, and teammates in attendance.

Edwin Rios, who prefers to go by Eddie, already made a prediction for next season at Miami:

"I tell you what, I will make a big guarantee. I guarantee I will take them to the NCAA (tournament) my freshman year."

Signing day was a long day coming for Rios, who committed to Miami during his sophomore season at Miami Senior High.

"It feels good," Rios said. "I don't have as much pressure like I did during the season. Now I can just play comfortable and worry about winning a state championship."

Rios (6-0/195) chose to attend Miami because: "My family is real close. It is approximately 10 minutes from my house. Also, I was comfortable with Coach Haith and there are a lot of players there now that I have played with."

The Miami Hurricanes begin their season Nov. 11 and have a lot of young faces on the roster with just two seniors.

Rios expects to make an immediate impact next season as a freshman at UM.

"I think with my leadership, my point guard skills, ability to win games, I just play hard, and I will bring a lot of good things to Miami."

Rios returned to Miami Senior High this year after one year at Chaminade Madonna Prep. As a sophomore at Miami Senior High, Rios led the team to a Class 6A title and was named 1st team All-State.

Last year at Chaminade Madonna Prep, he averaged 20 points and 10 assists per game as he led the team to a school-record 25-5 and an appearance in the regional championship for the first time in 40 years.

Rios put his name on the national map on the AAU circuit with Team Breakdown.

As a sophomore Rios broke Carmelo Anthony's scoring record at the Reebok Big Time in Las Vegas averaging 25.4 points per game.

Moving forward, Rios takes great pride in being a Cuban basketball player.

"As a matter of fact, I was in a Cuban store with my dad the other day and we were looking at Cuban history and we didn't see any basketball players," Rios said. "We saw baseball players, Celia Cruz, and a lot of singers, but I want to be one of the first Cuban basketball players to make an impact for the Cuban culture and the Hispanic community."



Christopher Stock can be reached at stock@canestime.com

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