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Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK Cameron Lard in action for Natchitoches Central in the 2015 Top 28 tournament.

The LHSAA executive committee voted to send an investigator in to review the transfer case of post player Cameron Lard during its Wednesday meeting at the LHSAA office.

Lard, who led Natchitoches Central to a Class 5A state title and a runner-up finish, moved to the New Orleans area and enrolled at Landry-Walker, but was ruled ineligible by Executive Director Eddie Bonine. The 6-foot-9 senior has not played this season.

Bonine said he made his ruling based on a concurrence form submitted by Natchitoches Central, which stated that there was “undue influence” involved in Lard’s move to south Louisiana.

“I’ll just say I’m glad that we’re going to get someone from the LHSAA to do an investigation,” LWHS Athletic Director Tarence Davis said. “But it should have been done two months ago.”

NCHS basketball coach Micah Coleman told the committee his school believed there was undue influence based on AAU affiliations involved in Lard’s move.

Davis said he conducted his own investigation which noted that Lard moved because his mother got a better job. He also denied allegations that the school had an AAU coach on its basketball staff.

Lard’s mother told the committee she also considered moves to Shreveport, Dallas and Houston before a friend living in the New Orleans area suggested a job opportunity.

The LHSAA’s New Orleans area investigator, Joe Kleinpeter, was assigned to the case.