Iowa State landed its fourth commitment in the Class of 2016 Sunday afternoon, as 6-foot-9 power forward Cameron Lard verbally committed to Steve Prohm’s program according to multiple outlets. Lard joins guard Jakolby Long and forwards Emmanuel Malou and Solomon Young in Iowa State’s 2016 class, with Malou being a junior college transfer and all three having officially signed a National Letter of Intent.
Lard’s a native of Louisiana, and his decision comes on the heels of a visit he took to Iowa State last week. Lard attends Landry-Walker HS in New Orleans, and this summer he played for the New Orleans Elite grassroots program on the adidas Uprising Gauntlet circuit.
Lard averaged 14.5 points and 6.3 rebounds per game at the adidas Uprising Summer Championships in Las Vegas, shooting 79.4 percent from the field. Throughout the entire circuit Lard averaged 13.0 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.2 blocks per game, and he’ll give Iowa State a front court option who’s most comfortable in and around the paint.
Iowa State will lose three seniors from its front court at the end of the 2015-16 season in Abdel Nader, Georges Niang and Jameel McKay, so there will be opportunities for their newcomers to compete for playing time in 2016-17.
Miami picked up its second commitment of the day on Wednesday, this time landing in-state, five-star power forward Dewan Huell. The native of Miami joins four-star guard Bruce Brown as the second player of the day who pledged to the Hurricanes.
The 6-foot-9 Huell is a monster grab for head coach Jim Larranaga because he’s keeping a talented local prospect home and Huell is the type of forward who could be immediately productive. An active big man who can rebound or score running the floor or in the post, Huell is regarded as the No. 23 overall prospect in the Class of 2016.
By adding Huell, Brown and four-star big man Rodney Miller, Miami has put themselves in position to be very competitive in the ACC the next few seasons and they’re doing everything they can to stay in the conference’s arms race.
Miami landed a huge piece in its 2016 recruiting efforts on Wednesday morning as four-star guard Bruce Brown pledged to the Hurricanes during a televised announcement.
The 6-foot-3 Brown is one of the most talented guards left in the Class of 2016 and his ability to score or distribute should help Miami right away. A power guard with a football background, Brown loves to play bully ball with smaller defenders and he’s also a solid perimeter shooter and defender.
Regarded as the No. 49 overall prospect in the Class of 2016, Brown joins four-star center Rodney Miller in the Miami class.
During the spring and summer with BABC in the Nike EYBL, Brown averaged 16.1 points, 5.8 rebounds and 3 assists per game as he was one of the league’s most complete guards.