Although only 6-foot-1, Forrest "Red" DeBernardi was one of the best centers in basketball. At Westminster College, he was named All-Conference in 1922 and 1923. Later, DeBernardi became an outstanding AAU player. Over his career, he played in 10 national AAU tournaments and was named to the AAU All-American team eight times. He was part of an AAU national championship team five times.