Cameron Lard, a wickedly talented 6-foot-9 forward, is rejoining the Iowa State Cyclones following his stay in a wellness center.
Back in February, Lard was pulled over by Ames police for speeding. The officer claimed to have smelled marijuana. While the drug paraphernalia charge had been dismissed, he did plead guilty to speeding.
Steve Prohm, the Iowa State Cyclones head coach, says Cameron Lard went to a wellness center in June instead of working out with the team.
The soon-to-be redshirt sophomore was also cited for being underage at a bar in the offseason. According to Prohm, he pushed him to go to the wellness center.
“He’s done some things that he doesn’t need to be doing. We handled that internally,” said Prohm, who met with reporters before a charity golf event outside of Des Moines. “My goal, and my prayer, is that he continues to grow and get better.”
Last season, Lard averaged nearly 13 points and just over 8 rebounds per game. A former four-star recruit, if all goes well, he’s expected to have a huge positive impact for the program when he returns to the court.
“If we can get (his habits) lined up with his abilities, I think he’s got a chance to be a terrific frontcourt player in (the Big 12),” Prohm said. “He really runs the floor well, really chases down on the offensive glass … and hopefully we can continue to develop his offensive, low-post game. But it’s about habits for him. And he knows that, and I think he took a big step this summer.”
Some things are more important than basketball. Good on Prohm for noticing this and trying to help. We obviously wish him nothing but the best moving forward.
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