Scott Drew, Baylor men’s basketball head coach, hopes the 27 hours his team spent at the Fort Hood Army base adds some leadership and discipline to his team.
During the time spent, they attended a Leadership Reaction Course and a simulation training in weapons and then made their way through six obstacles on the air Assault Obstacle Course.
They players had no clue they were headed to Fort Hood as they were only told to be at the Ferrell Center on campus at 7:30 AM on Saturday. Upon arriving, they were issued fatigue pants and Army boots and instructed to change on the bus.
The players were apprehensive at first and some were downright not looking forward to this trip. Here are some of the player reactions:
“We knew we had a team event, but we didn’t know what it was or any of the circumstances,” junior guard Brady Heslip said. “It was definitely a surprise. I’m just not a morning person,” said senior point guard A.J. Walton. “I like getting my sleep. So when we had to wake up at 7 on a Saturday morning, we were like, ‘Come on, Coach.’ But once we got into it, it was fun. We got to meet all these guys and actually see what they to do to get them ready, so that we can continue to play basketball over here. It’s just a blessing, us having them to take care of us. We are truly grateful for that.”
When they had completed the Air Assault Obstacle Course and hand-to-hand combat training on Sunday morning, they had the great pleasure to attend a “Welcome Home” gathering for the 96th Transportation Company as they return from Afghanistan.
After going through the Air Assault Obstacle Course and the hand-to-hand combat training Sunday morning, the team attended a “Welcome Home” ceremony for the 96th Transportation Company just returning from Afghanistan.
The Baylor squad will open the season with an exhibition game vs. Abilene Christian on October 25th.
The Bears, coming off their second Elite Eight appearance in three years and first 30-win season in program history, will open the 2012-13 season with an exhibition game against Abilene Christian on Oct. 25.