Iowa State's Cameron Lard enrolls in wellness program following several off-court missteps

AMES, Iowa -- Iowa State said forward Cameron Lard has enrolled at a wellness center instead of joining his teammates for summer workouts.

Iowa State coach Steve Prohm said Lard, who averaged 12.1 points and shot 60 percent as a freshman last season, needs to change some personal habits.

In April, a drug paraphernalia charge against Lard was dismissed during a pretrial hearing, according to the Des Moines Register. Lard was stopped by Ames police on Feb. 4 for speeding and police smelled marijuana coming from the car, according to the Register. He pleaded guilty to speeding. Both charges are misdemeanors.

This offseason, the 20-year-old Lard was cited for being underage at an Ames bar.

The Cyclones said in a press release Monday that Lard will rejoin the team after he completes the wellness program.

"Cam has been open to improving as a person and desiring to make better decisions," said Prohm. "I'm so proud of him for taking ownership on becoming the best Cam he can be. There is a very bright future for him if he matures as a young man."

Lard redshirted his initial season at Iowa State. He ranked second in the Big 12 in field goal percentage at .601, third in blocks per game at 2.2 and fourth in rebounds at 8.1. Lard also led the Big 12 with 3.4 offensive rebounds a game and posted eight double-doubles.

The Cyclones are hoping Lard can pair with fellow sophomore-to-be Lindell Wigginton and serve as a cornerstone for a program that missed the NCAA tournament for the first time in seven seasons a year ago.

Wigginton gave the program some good news last week when he pulled out of consideration for the NBA draft.