Iowa State men’s basketball: Getting to know Daniel Stensland


From a family of Iowa State Cyclone supporters, walk-on Daniel Stensland had his dream come true. He would be playing with the Iowa State men’s basketball team under Fred Hoiberg after his high school career ended.

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It was made official back on June 11th that Stensland was the second walk-on for the 2014 squad, joining Kourtlin Jackson. Born in Cedar Falls, Iowa, Stensland has been a Cyclone for his entire life. His family has been season ticket holders for longer than he’s been alive (for 25 years), and he’ll be living his dream by being a part of the Cyclones’ basketball squad.

Here’s more about the family from NE Iowa Publications:

"Stensland’s parents, Jamie and Robert, both went to Iowa State University and their support for the Cyclones both carried on to their son, Dan. His older sister, Peyton, was a manager for the ISU women’s basketball team a couple of years ago."

Graduating from Waverly-Shell Rock, the 5-foot-10, 170-pound guard averaged 8.9 points, 5.7 assists, and 2.7 rebounds in his final season at the school. Known as the Go-Hawks, the team went 23-4 and won the consolation portion of the Class 3A tournament in the Iowa State Boys Basketball Tournament. The school won the state championship in 2013.

During his time at Waverly-Shell Rock, the team went 95-11, and according to, Stensland “earned all-sub state honors from from the Iowa Basketball Coaches Association in 2013 and 2014.”

Due to his smaller size, and the wide variety of guards that are on the team, we may not be seeing much of Stensland this year which the exception of the early portion of the season. But at some point we’ll see him out on the court, and it would be a great moment for him and his family.

Additional info provided by the Cyclones official athletic website.