Athletes pursue passion in sport

Three young men from throughout the world chose to continue their path to play collegiate basketball at California Baptist University, traversing oceans and transferring from thousands of miles away to be part of the CBU community.

Hailing all the way from Heidelberg, Germany, Kalidou Diouf, junior journalism and new media major, is a transfer  student from the University of Alaska, Anchorage. He said he chose CBU because he liked the coaches, environment and the people he met on campus while on a recruiting trip.

Another recruiting trip led to two recruits from Australia joining the Lancer family.

Jordan Heading, sophomore kinesiology major, traveled from Colonel Light Gardens, South Australia, choosing CBU because of the things it had to offer.

“I visited CBU and experienced everything that the program and school was about, and it was pretty easy to say yes,” Heading said. “I could tell that (the men’s basketball players) were good mates off the floor as well.”

Bul Kol, freshman undeclared major, hails from Canberra, ACT, Australia. Kol said he heard of CBU through connections and then met the coaches of the men’s team.

“I choose CBU through the connection between the Australian Institute of Sports and Richard Wellman, asssistant men’s basketball coach, who then introduced me to Brendan Parnell and I chose to become a Lancer,” Kol said.

These men take the court representing not just CBU, but their home countries. They have made an impact on the season so far with a large portion of the season remaining.

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