Rapid City Central all-state guard Kailleb Walton-Blanden wants to do a little climbing in his basketball career, so he believes Gillette College is the perfect start for him.
Walton-Blanden signed a letter-of-intent Wednesday afternoon to play for the Pronghorns, one of the top junior college programs in the region last season.
"I wanted to stay close to home and Gillette is a good school and they have a lot of D-1 players, so that was perfect for me," Walton-Blanden said.
Gillette finished 27-5 and reached as high as sixth in the country last season. The Pronghorns sent four players to the Division I level and two more to Division II.
"That helped me make my decision," he said.
Walton-Blanden will join former city rival Mason Archambault, who enrolled at Gillette College during the second semester of the last school year and redshirted.
Both will be freshmen next season for the Pronghorns.
"He went to Stevens and I went to Central. When we played each other, it was always Mason vs. Kailleb, and now we are on the same team, so that is exciting," Walton-Blanden said.
Last season Walton-Blanden averaged 13.8 points, 4.1 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game. Despite all of his success, he said he knows that playing college basketball will be a challenge.
"I just have to work hard and try to get to the next level," Walton-Blanden said.