Panama City, FL---It's the start of five days of hoops in the Gulf Beach Challenge, an elite showcase event hosted by a company called "Source Hoops".
Three games Wednesday night kicking off this showcase of high school talent. 50 plus teams, playing in four age groups, 17-u to 14-u. Five states represented.
One of the games at Gulf Coast Wednesday night, a 17U game pitting Panama City Elite vs. the Florida Vipers. The Elite team, in gray, made up of players from Rutherford, Arnold and Marianna. The Vipers out of Miami, the second ranked AAU team in the country.
The locals certainly outsized, but playing tough early on, Arnold's Christian Shorter comes down with the rebound, outlets to Rutherford's Gabe Steele who lays it in.
Then Shorter scores on the break.
The local squad falling in this one but the idea of all this is to have these kids compete in front of dozens of college coaches and scouts, who have come in from all over the country. So says Tournament Director Cory Rollins.
"Most coaches, during their seasons, they're busy with their teams. They don't have the time, or the chance to really get out. So these types of events, it gives them the opportunity to see several hundred players at one time. As opposed to going and spending their budges on one trip. So this gives them the opportunity to save their money and evaluate more players at one time."
P.C. Elite plays again Thursday at 11:15, again at Gulf Coast. Mosley's 17U team starts Thursday at 5:30 at Rutherford's gym.