Basketball

Wigginton confident Lard will return to Cyclones this season

Jan 20, 2018; Ames, IA, USA; Iowa State Cyclones forward Cameron Lard (2) reacts to a call with guard Nick Weiler-Babb (1) and guard Lindell Wigginton (5) against the Texas Tech Red Raiders during the second half at James H. Hilton Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Steven Branscombe-USA TODAY Sports

Lindell Wigginton is not worried about whether or not his big-man running mate will be back to take on the Cyclones’ 2018-19 schedule.

The Cyclones’ point guard told media members on Wednesday he is fully expecting Cameron Lard to return to the program in the fall once he completes treatment at a wellness center over the summer. Lard enrolled in the program after being approached by Steve Prohm with the possibility during the spring and is expected to be away from the team for the entirety of the summer months.

He messaged me a couple days ago. He’s doing pretty good,” Wigginton said. “He’s doing pretty good. He sent us a team message… He’s just praying for everybody. We’re praying for him. He wants to see us build on the court and hopefully, he gets back soon and can keep growing.”

Lard, a 6-foot-9 redshirt sophomore who averaged 12.6 points and shot 60.1 percent from the field last season, is expected to be an integral part of Iowa State’s frontcourt in 2018-19 alongside junior Solomon Young and Nebraska transfer Michael Jacobson.

At this point, who knows how Lard being away from the team this summer will impact his play during the winter. Frankly, it doesn’t really matter. He needs to focus on getting better and completing his treatment.

With that said, Wigginton is not worried about the time away hurting Lard game.

I don’t have no doubts,” Wigginton said. “He’ll be back and he’ll be better.”

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.

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