For the second year in a row, the Boise State men’s basketball team was put through a little bit of sweat and stress before practices can officially begin.
The Broncos had some military-based training and team building on Wednesday in the heart of campus, crawling, lifting, running and shouting to get through the various exercises. Last year, coach Leon Rice used it as a way to generate leaders in a team searching for them. Now with many of those same guys back, it takes on a little different meaning.
“We got a lot out of it last year ... we’re building on some of those things, we have five new guys that weren’t in the program,” Rice said.
Rice said getting the team out of its comfort zone was key, as was doing an activity that albeit different, can translate into developing positive characteristics on the floor.
“The sausages have to be made, but there’s different ways to make it,” said Rice, whose team officially begins practice Oct. 2.
Check out the video of the team’s work below, along with a separate video from Rice talking about his team, including some newcomers like Robin Jorch, and vets like Anthony Drmic and James Webb III.
A few highlights from Rice:
-Jorch, a German center, hasn’t officially been announced by the school because it is determining if he is immediately eligble or if he must sit out this season. He has been on campus since the second week of classes and was taking part in the workouts Wednesday.
“He’s big, 6-foot-9, 270 (pounds), he’s got nice hands, nice feet,” Rice said. “He’s kind of getting acclimated ... he was a little worried today, thought he was joining the U.S. military, but he’s doing a great job.”
-On Webb getting attention as an NBA prospect: “I think he’s handling it great, and that’s going to be a big key to how he performs, how he handles all that ... that’s what this time of year is for, to get our minds right.”
-On Drmic, who has at times been frustrated with recovery from ankle surgery: “Anthony’s not a very patient guy. He’s in his fifth year here, I do have to keep that in mind where we might have to slow-play him a bit ... I know when November comes, he’s going to go hard for us. I might have to keep the reins on him a little just to keep him from doing too much too soon, but he’s full-bore right now.”