Lard will enter NBA Draft

AMES — Cam Lard has elected to enter the upcoming NBA Draft, the now-former Iowa State Cyclone announced on Monday.

“After meeting with my mother and consulting with Coach (Steve) Prohm and his staff, I have decided to enter the NBA Draft with an agent, with the goal of pursuing my dream to be a professional basketball player,” Lard wrote on Instagram. “I know I have a lot of hard work ahead of me, but I truly believe the time is now for me to give this my all.

“I would like to thank God, Coach Prohm and his staff for all of their support, and thank you Cyclone nation for everything. It was an amazing (two) seasons playing as a Cyclone.

“I will forever be a Cyclone.”

Lard had previously announced in March after Iowa State was knocked out of the NCAA Tournament that he would be transferring from the school.

The 6-foot-9, 245-pounder averaged 5.6 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.2 blocks in 24 games this past season as a sophomore. Lard reached double figures in four games and was second on the team in blocks.

A native of Natchitoches, La., Lard played at Pro Vision Academy in Houston and was a four-star recruit by both and ESPN. He arrived in 2016 at Iowa State and took a redshirt before playing in 29 games with 16 starts in 2017-18.

Lard earned all-Big 12 honorable mention honors that year after averaging 12.6 points, including over 14 in conference action.

Along with Lard, Talen Horton-Tucker and Lindell Wigginton have also declared for the NBA.