California Baptist coach Rick Croy set a mantra as his men’s basketball team prepares for its inaugural season as a Division I program: Be fearless.
“And, ‘Go attack it,’ ” Croy said.
Cal Baptist’s reclassification as a Division I school was accepted in July, the product of a roughly seven-year plan, a university official said. The Riverside school used Grand Canyon University as a model for the transition.
Croy recruited a roster of freshmen and transfers with Division I experience, including Mike Henn, a redshirt sophomore forward from UC Davis, and Ferron Flavors, a junior guard from Fairfield University. Fifth-year senior Jordan Heading is the Lancers’ only...