The College Park Skyhawks held the 11th and 13th overall selections in the 2019 G-League Draft, which took place Saturday in New York. Cameron Lard, who played two seasons at Iowa State, and Rashad Shabazz, who played four seasons at Appalachian State, were the picks.
Lard spent the 2019 Summer League with Orlando in Vegas, where he averaged 5.6 points, 2.8 rebounds, and 1.2 blocks in 12.5 minutes per contest, according to a team release. At 6-foot-9, Lard occupied the painted area in college. He shot 69.4 percent as a sophomore, but took precisely zero 3s in two seasons as a Cyclone.
With a strong 225-pound frame, Lard will look to carve out his niche as a rim-running, shot-blocking big man on the southside. The Skyhawks lost out on Ray Spalding, who had originally singed an Exhibit 10 contract with Atlanta before being claimed off waivers by the Houston Rockets.
Shabazz started all but two games in his four-year stay at App State and averaged over 30 minutes per game in his final three seasons. He poured in 18.3 points on .496/.376/.815 shooting splits as a senior and finished his collegiate career as the No. 2 all-time scorer in App State history.
Standing 6-foot-5 with a diverse scoring arsenal, Shabazz is built to thrive in the G-League. He gives the Skyhawks another perimeter presence alongside Charlie Brown Jr., Armoni Brooks, and Jordan Sibert on the wing.
College Park will holds its media day on Monday, November 4th, where Lard and Shabazz will be presented to the media.