Iowa State recruit Cameron Lard ruled academic qualifier

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Cameron Lard, a member of Iowa State’s Class of 2016, will arrive on campus this weekend the athletic department announced on Thursday.

Lard, a 6-foot-9 forward who committed to the Cyclones in November 2015, was not enrolled in classes when the fall semester began in late August. On Thursday, he was ruled a full academic qualifier by the NCAA.

The ruling makes Lard eligible immediately. However, Iowa State has played 13 of 30 regular season games at this point. Iowa State head coach Steve Prohm has the ability to redshirt him, preserving four years of eligibility.

Lard was rated as the No. 143 overall recruit in the Class of 2016 by Rivals. He was supposed to be part of an incoming class that included four other signees. That class was limited to three — Jakolby Long, Solomon Young and Donovan Jackson — when Emmanuel Malou, a four-star recruit, elected to pursue a professional career.

Iowa State is back in action on Saturday against Texas.