Most Junior College basketball players haven't even reported back to campus for the start of fall classes. Those that could make it back this weekend reaped the benefits, as Sunday at Gulf Coast State College, sixty NCAA coaches were in town to watch the guys showcase their skills.
Gulf Coast hosted the 2013 Southeastern JUCO Showcase Sunday morning, featuring fifty freshman and sophomores from all five Panhandle Conference schools. The guys played in continuous scrimmages, so they had plenty of time on the court in front of the DI coaches in attendance.
Commodore head coach Jay Powell says the event was good because it showcased local players, and the amount of collegiate coaches that showed up reflects the power of the Panhandle Conference.
"To be able to showcase all of our guys under one setting under one roof, that's very rare," he said Sunday. "But we were able to get them here under one roof, and if anybody didn't understand why we have so much success as a league and such notoriety, then after being here and seeing this event take place, it should help them understand why it's so good."
"We believe we have the best conference in the country and to be able to have all of our players in one gym, it's great for division one coaches to come and check out all the players we have," said Chipola head coach Patrick Blake. "Only being an hour away, everyone can make it, and to have all that talent in one gym, really kind of gets our guys excited for the season."
Coach Powell said he hopes to make the showcase an annual event.