The Harrison Field House on the Gulf Coast campus is alive with the sound of basketball this week.
Coach Jay Powell and his program hosting an event that gives area high school basketball teams the chance to get in a lot of competition in a short span, without having to travel very far at all.
Blountstown, Arnold, Bay, Rutherford, South Walton, Blountstown, Bethlehem and Mosley making up more than half of the 12 team field at the annual Gulf Coast Basketball team camp.
The camp is three days of play, with teams getting in two games each Wednesday and Thursday. And then they segue into a single elimination tournament Friday.
I caught up with Mosley head coach Michael Memmen before his team took the court Thursday, and we spoke about some of the benefits he sees with having his 'fins in this event.
"A lot of times you get to see a bunch of teams that you don't normally see." Memmen told me "There's a couple of teams from Georgia that we got to play earlier in the week and we got to play a couple of them again today. So it's a different style of play. It's good for our kids to compete against that. You kind of learn what your team's good at and kind of learn what your team needs to improve on. And with the tournament tomorrow you get to see your team in a tournament format, which kind of gets you ready for the postseason next year. So just good for the kids to build on and good for a coach to see where you're at and build for the summer."
As for getting in 5 or 6 games over three days in an event like this, well it's different than coaching a team in the regular season.
"With the summer your ultimate goal is to get better as a team. You're going to go a little bit deeper on your bench, you're going to play some guys and do some things that maybe normally, you can't do during a season. And you'll see what works well and what doesn't work well. As far as being stress free, and not losing sleep over games it's a lot more fun in the summer that way."
That single elimination tournament begins Friday with quarterfinal games at 9:30, the semi's at 11:30 and the championship game at 12:30.