Gulf Beach Challenge Provides Potential Recruting Bump For Coaches

Panama City, FL---Summer basketball continues to thrive at three area gyms, including Gulf Coast, where scores of college coaches and scouts are converging.

Friday was day three of the Gulf Beach Challenge, hosted by a company called "Source Hoops". This a showcase of high school talent, four age groups 14-17.

The P.C. Elite in a game at Gulf Coast against Team Breakdown out of South Florida. The latter in black and let's just say it had a bit of a size, and talent edge in this match up.

In fact Team Breakdown with one throw-down after another here in the first half. Three breaks, three dunks, on the way to a 22-9 lead.

P.C. Elite, made up of players from Marianna, Rutherford and Arnold, trying to fight back, first Christian Shorter, of Arnold drives and scores, then it's Damani Flanagain with another transition bucket.

Team Breakdown winning big in this one. Again though the point of all these games, to allow coaches the chance to see these kids firsthand. Gulf Coast head coach Jay Powell among them.

"We've seen literally hundreds of kids come through. They've seen out campus, seen our community. And then we get to watch them play multiple times. All while sleeping in our own beds. I give a lot of credit to coach Walker, the new assistant coach here that I hired. He's doing a really nice job of keeping me abreast of what young men are potential junior college players. What court they're on, what time."

And again, plenty of players worth looking at for Junior College and Division One coaches alike. This event continues through Sunday at Gulf Coast, Arnold and Rutherford.