Eric Diaz (’05)- Basketball
As a junior, Eric moved to forward and expanded his game to include a three-point shot. His average jumped to 18 points and 9 rebounds per game. That season, he scored 38 points in a single game – a district semi-final win over Felix Verela. He eclipsed the career 1,000 point scoring mark that season and was named team Most Valuable Player and second team All-Dade.
Eric averaged 20 points and 11 rebounds per game but he led the Explorers and Coach Butch Staiano to their first ever GMAC championship. In the title game, Columbus defeated perennial powerhouse Miami High – and Eric led the way with 26 points. …. In the semifinal the night before, Eric had scored 30 points against South Miami.
Eric was named first team All-Dade and honorable mention all-state. The feat was so impressive that Eric was named the school’s Outstanding Athlete his senior year. He was awarded a basketball scholarship to Stetson University where he played for four years. …. Much to his credit, he received his bachelor’s degree in three years at Stetson and spent his fourth basketball season pursuing his master degree in business.
On the court at Stetson, Eric was a two-year starter. …. His finest game for the Hatters was a 28-point performance against Mercer – a game in which he hit 6 3-pointers.