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Northern State University head coach Saul Phillips announced today the third transfer to the Wolves program in Kailleb Walton-Blanden out of Rapid City. He comes to Aberdeen after one season at State Fair College. Walton-Blanden will join Andrew Bergan (Aberdeen, S.D.), Trey Longstreet (Waverly, Minn.), Sam Masten (Highlands Ranch, Colo.), and Jacksen Moni (Fargo, N.D.) in the fall.


Walton-Blanden is a 6-foot-3, 175-pound guard out of Rapid City Central High School. He is the son of Heather Walton-Blanden and Sherman Blanden III. He was a 3-year starter for the Cobblers as a prep, averaging 14.3 points, 4.2 rebounds, 3.8 assists, and 2.0 steals per game. Walton-Blanden was a 2-time all-tournament selection, the 2015-16 leading scorer at the South Dakota State Tournament, a 2017-18 all-state honoree, and a finalist for Mr. Basketball South Dakota.


“Kailleb is a combo guard who is returning to South Dakota after a successful junior college career and a season at a really good Division II program that was cancelled because of COVID,” explained Phillips. “His desire to move back to South Dakota, his basketball IQ and what he brings athletically to the program made it an easy choice to recruit him.”


At State Fair College, Walton-Blanden averaged 13.3 points, 3.2 assists, and 3.1 rebounds per game. In 2018-19, he was invited to the All-American Juco Showcase. He spent his first collegiate season at Gillette College, averaging 15.0 points, 4.5 assists, and 3.4 rebounds per game.


Phillips added, “Kailleb turned down DI interest to join us in Aberdeen.  He is explosive with the ball in his hands, very athletic and knocks down 3’s at a high level. He has been a disruptive defender throughout his career.”