After much anticipation, Iowa State officially signed three-star forward Cameron Lard to its 2016 class Wednesday, the first day of the spring signing period.
The 6-foot-9 Lard committed to Iowa State on Nov. 22 last year, but his college eligibility has been largely uncertain. Lard transferred from Natchitoches Central (La.) to Landry-Walker (La.) last summer before his senior year but was ruled ineligible. He eventually transferred to Pro Vision Academy in Houston to better suit his needs.
Lard visited Iowa State unofficially in mid-November before committing to the Cyclones the next week. Had he not had NCAA eligibility concerns, Lard likely would have been a more sought-after prospect having previously drawn interest from the likes of South Carolina, Alabama, Kansas State and Texas among others.
Given his frame and athleticism, Lard could fit perfectly in Iowa State's fast-paced system.
"Their style of play, it fits him real well," New Orleans Elite coach Gregg Holmes told Scout when Lard committed. "He was looking for something where he could come in and play as a freshman. When he went up there he gelled real well with the team. He saw himself in the mold of the big kid [Jameel McKay] that is there now. He sees himself in that role."
Lard, who averaged 16 points and 10 rebounds per game at Natchitoches Central High School as a junior, eventually played in seven games for Pro Vision Academy in Houston this year, averaging 16 points, nine rebounds and two blocks per game.
Iowa State indicated Wednesday that everything is clear with Lard's eligibility.
“We are really excited to get Cameron into the program,” coach Steve Prohm said in a statement. “We felt that we needed to address size and athleticism down low with the loss of Jameel (McKay) and not having a lot of depth inside this season. We think the addition of Cameron does that and he’s a freshman that can come in this summer and develop and will hopefully be ready to help us next season.”
When Lard arrives at Iowa State this summer, he could make an immediate impact on a team that loses three forwards from the 2015-16 season.
"[Lard] is active and energetic. He plays hard on both ends and runs the floor with a purpose," Scout's scouting report reads. "A good athlete, Lard is quick off his feet and he contests well and is a very good area rebounder. The next step in his development is adding to his post game."