Thursday, January 29, 2009

The Sad Story of Edwin Rios

If you're a sports fan from the South Florida area, you are probably familiar with the name Edwin Rios. If you aren't, let's fill you in on this once highly-touted player.

Edwin Rios, or Eddie as he goes by, is a 6-foot 190-pound point guard for the University of Miami. A homegrown talent, Rios graduated from Miami Senior High, one of the most storied high school basketball programs in the state.

His freshman year at Miami High, Rios averaged 22 points, six rebounds, four assists and two steals per game, becoming the first freshman in the school's history to average over 20 points per game. He also made a name for himself with his AAU team, Team Breakdown, and he broke Carmelo Anthony's scoring record at the Las Vegas Big Time Tournament.

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Rios put on a show at the Las Vegas Big Time Tournament against some of the nation's top prospects.

As a sophomore, Rios averaged 25.4 points and led Miami High to the 2005 Florida class 6A state championship, with help of fellow current Hurricane Dwayne Collins, who was a year ahead of Rios in school.

During that year, Rios verbally committed to UM, and was considered one of the top point guard prospects in the class of 2007. That year, Collins graduated and signed with UM, and Rios, following an incident at school where his car was broken into and he was threatened with notes by some classmates, transferred to Chaminade Madonna (Hollywood, Fl). A big deal was made of his transfer and all the accompanying details of what caused it.

That season, as a junior, Rios averaged 20 points and 10 assists per game and led Chaminade to a school-record 25-5 record and their first regional final appearance in 40 years.

Following his junior year, in which he was named to the all-state first-team for the third straight year, he transferred back to Miami High because his family didn't think the other school was adequately preparing him for college. Rios' stock was falling, as he was once considered a top recruit nationally.

His senior season back at Miami High, Rios averaged 26.5 points, 8.9 rebounds and 5.7 assists and was again named to the all-state first-team.

After a high school career that had its ups and downs, from winning a state title and being a local high school legend, to having his car broken into and being threatened by fellow students, Rios finally fulfilled his verbal commitment from his sophomore year, and signed with UM.

He didn't have the immediate impact that some people expected from him following two-plus years of hype before his arrival. His freshman season, last year, he averaged 3.4 points in just 14 minutes per game.

This season, he was averaging 4.7 points per game in fewer minutes, but was suspended from the team in December for two days, and again earlier this month for violation of team rules. A career that looked like the sky was the limit just a few years ago while he was in high school began to take a free fall.

That free fall culminated Wednesday when Rios was arrested in Miami and charged with two counts of burglary and two counts of grand theft. He was released after posting the $22,500 bond.

This fallen local star looks like his time in the South Florida limelight is finally coming to an unfortunate end. It really is sad to see such a talented individual go through various problems, especially when it culminates in something like this.

We are all human, and we all make mistakes, but athletes like this, ones that are given every opportunity to succeed and become role models (such as Rios hoped to become for Cubans as a star basketball player), need to learn that they can't get away with everything. It is really a sad story of a kid that showed so much promise growing up, but it is also one that we see all too often.

20 comments:

  1. This is trully a sad story for me to read as I attended middle school with Edwin @ Glades middle and actually played basketball with him there. Everyone on the team knew he was going to be something else as he got older. He always possesed that natural talent on the court reading the D, finding the open man and always being able to finish in the clutch. Ive followed him much throught highschool and was always happy to see him making headlines. Its truly a sad story to hear .
    M Salas.

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  2. edwin rios sucks he dosent know what to do now after he was in jail pussy nigga you are a loser.

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  3. fuck all you hating ass niggas court for rios monday dec 7 2009 dont call it a comeback................cause it is gonna be one!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  4. Well I played ball wit rios as kids and played against him in highschool he's my dude keep your head up yo boi kenny aka kendy centro matter to booker.t vs da high homie stay up

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  5. i really dont know him that well i played against him in high school i think i was a sophmore and we played there team at a tournament in louisville kentucky errybody thought they was going to kill us cuz we are from a small place and arent know that much. but aye that nigga go hard on the court i aint gon lie me and him was going at it back in forth he had like 20 points and i had 21 that nigga got a wet shot. plus he was fast as hell. i dont know nothin about his situation or nothin but i hope errything work out for him real shit cuz he got to much talent to be just gon away like that. im in a situation like to where i couldnt play college ball because of my seziures they got out of hand and i almost died so they wont let me do any sports so i know how that shit is when you know you got game and you cant play it can bring you down alot i just hope he keep his head up and just bounce back from it. if yawl think im lieing about playing him just look it up henderson county vs miami florida or something like that or you can look for me on google or yahoo the name is darius haygan. keep ya head up edwind man.

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  6. eddie was the best! anyone that says other wise is an idiot. I went to middle school with him and even then we all knew that he was going to make it. People make mistakes.. im sure he can kick all your asses.

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  7. HE'S A WAIST OF TALENT AND A NERD HOW CAN U HAVE A FULL RIDE TO COLLEGE AND FUCK UP!!! I GUESS PRESSURE DOES BUST PIPES

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  8. it is sad,ive been wachting rios since he played for miami christian no matter wat is said keep ur head up,and move foward with life,people that talk shit are just envious of were u been and have done,some dont even make it out of highschool u have raw talent no one can take that from u,for the future just make wise decesions,and you will be alright,remember fuck wat they say.goodluck

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  9. I played with Eddy back when he played for miami christian, with shacky. That niga was hella good even back then never forget how he had a full grown beard in eighth grade, but hey bro keep your head life aint over, when you get out get back to it theres greatness in you homey....

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  10. What a loser. he had a chance to do somethin great and messed up. he could have done great things with game of basketball. i was wondering what happened to him he in jail. what a waste of talent. I know i will do better than him. i will do good things with the game of basketball. i wont be a loser and a waste of talent like him.

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  11. Thanks to all of Eddie's supporters. He is doing good, has paid for his mistakes and as a new and improved man, has been given a 2nd opportunity and is attending Texas State University on a full ride. He will be the starting point guard this Nov and will be playing along side AJ Stewart from Arlington Country Day/Kentucky. Wish him luck!

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  12. MAN DAT NIGGA WALKED AROUND SKOOL LIKE HE WAS DA KING WHEN HE REALLY WAZNT HE FUKED AROUND WIT DA WRONG PPL N DAT HAPPEND TO HIS CAR AT DA HIGH N HIS DAD IS A FUKIN COKE HEAD N THINKS HES A BIIGG BOSSSS MOVIN LIL WEED LOL N GOT A FAKE ASS POOL SERVICE DIS MAN WACK

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  13. All you fucks who hate on him and his dad are a bunch of scumbags and the dumb ass jackass who said that about his dad is a lowlife.I know the family for years and they are 1st class.Dont fuck with people you dont know,i am upset about what people have said,you dont know and if you where a real man you would not be anonymous sorry ass fuck.

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  14. Dont play with people you dont know.

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  15. This is the typical case of an athlete who peaked too soon. He never grew an inch or put on any more weight after his sophomore season. That season was probably the best he would ever be as a baller. I saw him dominate South Miami High who had 2 Division I players at the time, he lit them up for like 40 and had like 20 in the 4th quarter. After that it's been all downhill. The Canes jumped the gun offering him a scholarship during his sophomore year. Little did they know that he had alread peaked as an athlete.

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  16. http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=1703728317043

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  17. this is from a nigga who was locked up with him and had the pleasure to play ball with him that nigga is the man at ballin so fuck all yall pussy ass haterz

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  18. I had the pleasure to meet him n is a great dad n smart man n he got good dick

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  19. All you hating mother fuckers just wish you had 1% of his game. Sorry as niggas are always haters.


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