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Peterson: Lard, Talley got a good workout in Monday's Cy-Hawk prep against North Dakota State

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To expect Cameron Lard and Zoran Talley to immediately be in game shape is a stretch
Randy Peterson, rpeterson@dmreg.com

Cameron Lard says he did all right in his first game, while saying he knows getting back full go will take time
Randy Peterson, rpeterson@dmreg.com

You can play in the Sukup practice facility all you want against your teammates, but facing an opponent — even a 2-7 North Dakota State — isn’t comparable.

“I think they fit in fine,” coach Steve Prohm said after Monday’s game. “It’s going to be a process for them, coming back. They missed a month of the season, and because of that, guys have established identities and established roles.”

And that’s the question: Can Lard and Talley fit into what’s an already good team?

“At the end of the day, we all know what we have to do to make this program successful,” Lard said. “With me and Zoran missing those games, (teammates) knew they had to step up and do what they had to do — and they did.”

Another question entering Monday’s glorified practice ahead of Thursday night’s showdown was how Iowa State would do with two bigs — 6-9s Mike Jacobson and Lard — on the floor at the same time.

It happened for a bit during the second half, and it worked OK — albeit it was while Iowa State was leading by 30-plus points.

“I think we can play good together,” Lard said. “I’m the type of big that runs as hard as he can up and down the court on every play. Mike is more of a faceup big — he can shoot the three.

“I think it’s going to be good for me and him to get comfortable playing with each other.”

Moving Jacobson off the lineup will be tough, considering he’s averaging 16.8 points and 8.0 rebounds while playing an average of 29.6 minutes each game.

He’s a sneaky rebounder. He’s got a nifty mid-range shooting game. He has basketball intelligence.

He’s also going to continue being the Cyclones’ No. 1 post player. Prohm isn’t about to tinker much with success.

“I feel good about those guys in the first seven or eight — what they bring to the table —so it may be a gradual process of working (Lard and Talley) back in. That’s to be expected.”

So if you’re looking for them to be back to normal Thursday, forget it. If you’re looking for the return of Lindell Wigginton and Solomon Young in that game…

Maybe by Dec. 15 against Drake — maybe.

But Thursday?

“I would be absolutely shocked,” Prohm said. “I’m just being honest.”

Iowa State columnist Randy Peterson has been with the Register for parts of five decades. Randy writes opinion and analysis of Iowa State football and basketball. You can reach Randy at rpeterson@dmreg.com or on Twitter at @RandyPete.

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