Louisiana’s top basketball prospects are typically known for making flashy moves on the court. Cameron Lard, Galen Alexander and Braxton Bernard have all reportedly made notable moves off the court by transferring to new schools.
All three transfers are likely to be reviewed by the LHSAA in the weeks ahead.
The move by the 6-foot-9 Lard has attracted the most attention. Lard helped Natchitoches Central win the Class 5A state title in 2014 and finish as the 5A runner-up last spring. The senior is reportedly enrolled at New Orleans-based Landry-Walker.
Alexander (6-6) previously played at Breaux Bridge but enrolled at Lafayette Christian, where classes began Friday, according to LCA coach Byron Starks. Rivals.com lists Alexander as the state’s top junior.
Bernard (6-4) played three seasons at Donaldsonville High. Madison Prep coach Jeff Jones confirmed Bernard began classes there last week. Bernard is a senior who was the Baton Rouge area’s most prolific scorer with a 24.6 average last season.
Calls by The Advocate sportswriters to Landry-Walker coach Brian Gibson over a two-day period were not returned. However, Lard’s rivals.com profile has been changed to say his school is Landry-Walker.
Natchitoches Central coach Micah Coleman confirmed that Lard was no longer at NCHS. A source close to the situation in New Orleans also confirmed Lard’s move to LWHS.
“Cameron is no longer at our school,” Coleman said. “From what I understand, he’s at Landry-Walker. We wish him the best. We’re moving on with the players we have.”
Lard averaged 16.5 points and 9.5 rebounds per game as a junior for NCHS and is rated No. 127 on the 2016 rivals.com recruiting list. He earned second-team all-state honors last spring.
Alexander averaged 17.8 points and 8.8 rebounds for Breaux Bridge. Rivals.com rates Alexander at No. 64 nationally in its 2017 class.
“Our official statement is this — ‘My principal informed me that Galen and his family came and enrolled in our school six weeks ago,’ ” Starks said. “From there, it’s a process where you go through the LHSAA to see what happens next.”
Madison Prep’s Jones is taking the same approach with Bernard, who he said enrolled at MPA over the summer. Bernard scored 56 points in one game last season and helped Donaldsonville advance to the Class 3A semifinals in 2014. He was an All-Metro and second-team Class 3A all-state selection in the spring.
“I’ll be submitting it (request for a ruling) to the LHSAA probably next week,” Jones said. “One thing that concerns me is some of the stuff out there on the street that people are saying. I hope the LHSAA bases its decision on what is presented to them and not on what’s on the street.”