One of the state’s top basketball players committed to Iowa State on Sunday.
Landry-Walker forward Cameron Lard committed to the Cyclones, according to the Twitter account of Lard’s AAU team, the New Orleans Elite.
Lard, who couldn’t be reached for comment, visited Iowa State over the weekend.
According to 247 Sports, he also had scholarship offers from Cincinnati, Louisiana-Monroe, Mississippi State, Oklahoma State and UNO.
The 6-foot-9 Lard is rated a four-star recruit by ESPN and is the No. 26 power forward in the country. He is ranked a three-star recruit and the seventh-best player in Louisiana according to 247 Sports.
Lard transferred to Landry-Walker after playing last season at Natchitoches Central, where he averaged 16.6 points and 10 rebounds as a junior.
Lard led Natchitoches Central to the Class 5A title game last season. He helped his former school win the title as a sophomore, earning Most Outstanding Player in the championship game that year.
Lard hasn’t been cleared by the LHSAA to play yet this season at Landry-Walker, so Charging Buccaneers coach Brian Gibson declined comment on Lard’s commitment.
Assuming Lard is cleared to play, he would be one of two Division I signees on this year’s Landry-Walker team that is seeking its third straight Class 4A state title.
Guard Lamar Peters has already signed with Mississippi State. Lard’s commitment came just three days after the NCAA’s early signing period ended, meaning he will have to wait until April to sign and make his commitment official.
He will be the latest local basketball player in the Class of 2016 to sign with an out-of-state school.
In addition to Peters headed to Mississippi State, McDonogh 35’s duo of De’Jon Jarreau and Brison Gresham signed with Massachusetts.