FSU's Leonard Hamilton Visits Rutherford to Scout Gulf Beach Challenge

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Springfield, FL---Basketball never stops. The AAU season allows kids to spend their time on the hardwood year round, working on their game and trying to catch the eye of college coaches.

Players from all over the southeast spent the week in Bay County at the Gulf Beach Challenge basketball tournament, a five day competition put on by Source Hoops.

Players as young as 14 to as old as 17 looked to not just win a championship, but get some notice from the college scouts and coaches on hand, including FSU's Leonard Hamilton, who traveled from Tallahassee to Springfield to check out the action.

"Florida's kind of experiencing the same type of same situation that there are all over the United States," says Hamilton. "You have so many different All Star camps and AAU tournaments that give college coaches from all over the country an opportunity to go in and evaluate. And it's good to be able to see a lot of guys in one place, but I think it's also very good for the kids. They get a chance to compete and travel around. This is more of a regional type of tournament that gives youngsters the opportunity to get exposed to college coaches and hopefully to earn a scholarship and get their education."