State Prep Standout Vander Blue Inks With Marquette
Nov. 11, 2009
Milwaukee - The Marquette University men's basketball program has signed Madison Memorial High School standout Vander Blue to a National Letter of Intent, head coach Buzz Williams announced Wednesday afternoon.
Blue, a 6-4, 185-pounder, will arrive on campus this summer and have four years of eligibility with the Golden Eagles.
"We are very excited have Vander join our family," Williams said. "So much has been said of who Vander is as a player and that is easily justifiable. What hasn't been said enough though, is who Vander is as a person. He is a better person than he is a player, and he will fit perfectly into the culture of our program, and will be a great representative of our institution on and off the floor."
Blue is a consensus top-40 prospect according to the national recruiting outlets, including a ranking of 22nd among players in the 2010 class by Rivals.com. He is ranked 27th by Scout.com and HoopScoopOnline.com, 34th in the ESPNU Top 100 and 35th by Hoopmasters.com. Blue was also tabbed the top player in the state of Wisconsin in 2009-10 by ESPN.com.
Playing alongside current Golden Eagle Jeronne Maymon at Madison Memorial High School, Blue helped the Spartans to the state title in 2008-09 under head coach Steve Collins. He averaged 17.0 points and 5.5 rebounds per game en route to all-conference and all-state accolades. The Spartans concluded the campaign 26-1 and Blue's 458 points were the sixth-best single-season total in school history.
As a sophomore, Blue averaged 13.0 points and 5.8 rebounds per outing and helped the team to the state championship game. He was named to the all-city squad and also earned a spot on the all-league roster. Blue was second on the roster in steals and blocked shots.
During his tenure, the program has posted an overall record of 49-4 and claimed a pair of regional and sectional titles. Blue currently ranks ninth all-time in scoring with 797 points and is third all-time in steals (126).
"As much notoriety that has come his way as a player, he has handled it all the right way as a person, because of how his family has raised him," Williams said.