The average height of the Fort Bragg population has gotten a little taller. For the next few weeks, the installation is hosting the men’s All Army Basketball Trial Camp.
Soldiers from across the world will participate in two-a-day practices with NBA-style drills, according to Capt. Carl Little, coach, All Army Basketball Team.
Twenty-two players are invited to camp, but Little and his team will cut the number down to 12 by the end of the trials. He said he’s looking for players who add to the team cohesion and can excel during the tough, seven day Armed Forces Championships in November.
“These guys are going to play seven games in seven days,” Little said. “Even the NBA players don’t play that type of schedule. It’s going to be a very physical, mentally challenging tournament, so I’m looking for the 12 guys that play well together and are willing to accept their roles to do whatever it takes to win.”
Last year, the team won its first gold medal in 12 years and went undefeated in the championships. Return players said they are looking forward to repeating that feat this time around.
Spc. Marcus Heath, who is stationed at Fort Bragg, said he enjoys the high level of competition at camp. He attributes the team’s unity to the coaching staff.
“We have great coaches,” Heath explained. “They have a good will to win … and they work just as hard as us. They put us in a position to succeed.”
Little said his favorite part of coaching is easy to name.
“(I like) seeing them come together as a team so quickly. It’s just the time they get away and seeing the enjoyment they get by playing the sport they love and representing their branch.”