Power forward Cameron Lard commits to Iowa State

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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.