MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – Top talent on the court means a top-flight audience as well. Big Shots Myrtle Beach is one of the best high school summer basketball tournaments in the country, and some local players are hoping to get some attention.
College coaches like Clemson's Brad Brownell and USC's Darrin Horn were in the stands at Socastee High School on the first day of the event. There were representatives from smaller programs as well, and players hoped to catch a coach's eye and further their careers.
"This is the best tournament with the best competition to try and play in and get known, try and get a scholarship and play ball somewhere," said Dillon High School's Jarvis Williams, who is playing for a Dillon All-Star team.
With all the coaches in the audience also comes some pressure.
"If I do well, I'm going to get some attention. If I do bad I'm not going to get anything," Darlington High's Torey Wright said, who is also playing for the Dillon team.
Coaches also were on the lookout for new faces on the court, hoping to spot a recruiting diamond in the rough.
"What's changed recruiting so much is the internet," said UNC-Wilmington and former CCU head coach Buzz Peterson. "It's hard to find those guys people don't know about. When someone plays a game, someone's tweeting or something. It's harder to find that sleeper now than it was 20 years ago."
The tournament runs through Friday. Another Big Shots tournament will go on in Myrtle Beach Saturday and Sunday.