Monday, March 30, 2009

Wisconsin's Next Star?

What can I say about Vander Blue that hasn't already been said? He's the total package and a perfect fit for the swing. He can shoot it from deep. He can get to the rim at will and finishes with authority. He gets to the free throw line. He has the ability to take over a game. He can defend and has great hands for steals. He's athletic and quick. He's got great length for a shooting guard and has decent size at 6'4".

Not to get ahead of myself, but he could be Wisconsin's next Burger Boy and a 5 star recruit. He could be our next Devin Harris or Alando Tucker type superstar... If you didn't notice, I'm drinking the kool aid and wearing the rose-tinted glasses when it comes to this kid.

I just hope we keep him. There were rumors swirling earlier in the season that he was going to decommit (debunked by Blue personally) and then again just a few weeks ago during the WIAA state tournament. He is very close friends with Marquette-bound Jeronne Maymon and had garnered interest from Kansas, Indiana, and Minnesota, among others. But at the same time he keeps in touch with future teammates '09 commits Mike Bruesewitz and Diamond Taylor, and plays on the same AAU team as '11 commit Devon Hodges. I'm not too concerned by rumors that are probably being created by Marquette fans wishing he was joining Jeronne, but I'll feel a lot better when he signs that letter of intent.

Vander's junior season statistics (25 of his 27 games)
16.4 PPG
5.4 RPG
2.4 SPG
2.2 APG
1.1 assist-to-turnover ratio
51.7% FG
42.3% 3PT
74.7% FT

Efficiency Stats
57.2 effective FG%
1.105 points per possession (estimated due to lack of offensive rebound statistics)
1.199 points per weighted shot

Scout Profile
Rivals Profile
ESPN Profile
Recruiting Planet Thread
Interview From Shortly After Verbal Commitment

State Championship Game Highlights
Verona Game
Minnetonka Game

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