Las Vegas: Cameron Lard

LAS VEGAS — Cameron Lard runs like the kind of frontcourt prospect who attracts high-major offers, and indeed the Louisiana product brought coaches such as Ben Howland to the sidelines on Thursday evening. The 6-9 power forward sprinted the floor relentlessly and picked up easy bucket after easy bucket simply based on speed and stamina as New Orleans Elite cruised to a win.

There’s a lot to recommend Cameron Lard. He has size, speed, tenacity and outstanding durability. He’s very thin and must raise his offensive level, which could take time, but he possesses the raw physical attributes to compete effectively in a major conference.

Lard does possess good hands and is particularly adept using the backboard for close-range shots. He isn’t an explosive straight-up leaper but is generally quick and has impressive reactions, making him a valuable offensive rebounder.

He has been encouraged by his own play this summer.

”I’ve been doing pretty well, just starting to get going now,” Lard said. “We did alright in the Atlanta tournament, I felt like I was good and my team did get better. And the Adidas Camp in New York also went well.”

Mississippi State and Rhode Island were on hand to watch his Thursday evening game, and those two programs were the first he mentioned immediately afterward.

”Mississippi State and Rhode Island are two (schools) I talk to, and other schools call my AAU coach,” Lard said.

As for the Bulldogs, Lard and Ben Howland have a direct line.

”I talk to Coach Howland,” Lard said. “They like how I run the floor, get up and down, and they say I have a good motor. And I have some things to improve on the offensive end, and to sit down and guard on the perimeter.”

Of course, playing alongside MSU pledge Lamar Peters with N.O. Elite, the Bulldogs have an unofficial member of the coaching staff also working on their behalf.

”Oh, Lamar tries to work on me a lot,” Lard said laughingly.

Lard and Elite will continue to make their way through Adidas competition, as bracket play opens on Friday.

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