Marquette Wraps Up 2012 Boot Camp, Madness Up Next

Buzz Williams celebrates in the background at the final sprint is completed.

Oct. 9, 2012

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The Marquette University men's basketball team overcame a slow start and a rough finish to complete the squad's 2012 Boot Camp Schedule early Tuesday morning at the Al McGuire Center.

The 11-session conditioning series is spread out over two weeks, with the final day consisting of timed sprints. The team must complete one timed run per opponent on the 2012-13 schedule, all the way through to the national championship game. If the players don't make the time on the first attempt, they must hit the mark before advancing to the next matchup on the schedule.

After posting a Boot Camp best 15-3 mark in BIG EAST Conference play, MU rolled through to the league tourney title and a Sweet 16 appearance before missing its first time in postseason play. That effort marked the furthest any team has every advanced without a "loss" under head coach Buzz Williams, who brought the grueling program to the Golden Eagles.

"This is where we build the foundation of our team," junior Jamil Wilson said. "It's easily the most challenging things I have gone through on the court, but at the end you have a tremendous sense of accomplishment. This really benefits us as the season goes along.

Marquette ran a total of 71 sprints on Tuesday morning in the two-hour session and at the end each player received his official Boot Camp T-shirt at the conclusion of the morning. Junior Vander Blue and senior Trent Lockett led the way with 21 "solos" each, which is believed to be a new individual record.

"The guys did their best to help me prepare, but at the end of the day there really isn't any good way to be ready," senior Trent Lockett said. "It's a monumental accomplishment to finish and does a great job in helping to build team unity."




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