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Vander Blue

  • Full Name: Vander Blue
  • Position: Shooting Guard
  • Height/Weight: 6-5 / 197
  • Birthdate: July 17, 1992
  • College: Marquette
 

Strengths
- Excellent athlete
- Can guard several positions
- Tough
- Competes
- Not afraid to take big shots

Weaknesses
- Perimeter shot inconsistent
- Undersized for a two guard

NBA projection
Most draft analysts project Blue as a second-round pick. But if he can prove in workouts that he can play the point at 6-4, he suddenly transforms from a marginally sized two guard to a big point guard and he boosts his stock.

2012-13 Season
Blue broke out as a junior, leading Marquette in scoring and earning second-team All-Big East honors. He showed his worth to his team in the NCAA tournament, beating Davidson in the second round with a last-second layup and then scoring 29 points in a victory over Butler. In the regular-season finale, Blue’s layup at the buzzer beat St. John’s and earned Marquette a share of the Big East regular-season championship.

Key statistics
14.8 ppg | 3.2 rpg | 1.8 apg | 2.3 tpg | 1.0 spg | 33.0 mpg | .454 FG | .303 3PT | .756 FT

Cool statistic
In Marquette’s first two NCAA tournament games Blue averaged 6.0 points and shot 30 percent from the field in the first half. In the second half, he averaged 16.5 points and shot 55 percent from the field.

Reminds me of...
Kendall Gill

What Insiders Say
Marquette coach Buzz Williams
"His competitiveness overwhelms our team. His fire burns really, really bright and it's not orange, it's white, it's that hot. And I love coaching guys that are hard-knock guys. I really like coaching guys whose fire burns like his.”

What Outsiders Say
Former Miami guard Shane Larkin
"He affects the game in every way, and when it comes down to a late-clock situation, the ball is going in his hands and he is very capable of making a big play.”

-- Profile by Chris Dortch, editor of the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook. Follow him @cdortch