Basketball

Lard named Big 12 newcomer of the week for second time

Jan 20, 2018; Ames, IA, USA; Iowa State Cyclones forward Cameron Lard (2) looks to drive against Texas Tech Red Raiders center Norense Odiase (32) during the first half at James H. Hilton Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Steven Branscombe-USA TODAY Sports

IRVING, Texas – The Big 12 Conference announced its weekly men’s basketball award winners on Monday morning. Cameron Lard was named the conference’s Newcomer of the Week. This marks the second time that Lard has received newcomer of the week honors this season.

Lard, a redshirt freshman, averaged 20.5 points, 11.0 rebounds, 2.0 blocks and 1.5 steals as ISU split a pair of games last week. In the Cyclones win against Oklahoma, Lard went for 19 points, 17 rebounds, 2 blocks and three steals as they beat a ranked Big 12 team for the third-straight time at home.

Saturday’s game followed a 22 point and five rebound effort at Texas Tech in which he was 10-for-11 from the field. Lard was 17-for-22 from the field in the two games and he is shooting 64.4 percent from the field this season, which would break the Big 12 freshman record for field goal percentage.

With 48 blocks, Lard has already broken the ISU freshman record for blocked shots. The game against Oklahoma was his seventh double-double of the season and his second Big 12 game with at least 20 points and 15 rebounds.

Jared Stansbury

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Jared is in his fifth year covering Iowa State football and basketball for Cyclone Fanatic. He's the site's lead reporter for ISU recruiting. He worked as the site's intern for three years while studying Journalism in Iowa State's Greenlee School of Journalism. He started as the full-time staff writer in May 2016. Jared has spent five falls covering Iowa high school football as a reporter for KMA Radio, 1460 KXNO and 1430 KASI. He's the sideline reporter for KASI's Ames High football broadcasts and has appeared frequently on the station's baseball broadcasts during the summer.