Waukee Northwest’s Cade Kelderman elects to walk-on at Iowa State

Waukee Northwest guard Cade Kelderman (2) steals the ball from Waukee forward Omaha Biliew (0) during the second quarter in the class 4A boys state basketball semi-final at Wells Fargo Arena Thursday, March 9, 2023, in Des Moines, Iowa.

Iowa State has landed one of central Iowa’s top prep basketball players.

Waukee Northwest’s Cade Kelderman announced on Wednesday he’ll join the Cyclones as a walk-on next season. The 6-foot-1 guard chose Iowa State over a host of other opportunities, including an offer from Division II powerhouse Northwest Missouri State.

Kelderman averaged 16.7 points and 5.8 assists per game while shooting 58 percent from the field, 48 percent from deep and 83 percent from the free throw line as a senior for the Wolves.

He played one of his best games of the season in a Class 4A semifinal win over archival Waukee, and fellow future Cyclone Omaha Biliew, by dropping 26 points, including going 4-of-5 from 3-point range, to lead Waukee Northwest into its first state title game. The Wolves ultimately lost to Valley in the final.

Stay tuned to Cyclone Fanatic for more on this story.

Jared Stansbury


Jared a native of Clarinda, Iowa, started as the Cyclone Fanatic intern in August 2013, primarily working as a videographer until starting on the women’s basketball beat prior to the 2014-15 season. Upon earning his Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from Iowa State in May 2016, Jared was hired as the site’s full-time staff writer, taking over as the primary day-to-day reporter on football and men’s basketball. He was elevated to the position of managing editor in January 2020. He is a regular contributor on 1460 KXNO in Des Moines and makes regular guest appearances on radio stations across the Midwest. Jared resides in Ankeny with his four-year-old puggle, Lolo.