Blue tops Marquette class

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Thursday, November 12, 2009
— After announcing he would attend Wisconsin, high school basketball star Vander Blue changed his mind and signed with state rival Marquette on Wednesday.

Blue, a 6-4 guard from defending state champion Madison Memorial, is considered the best high school player in Wisconsin and a consensus top-40 prospect nationally.

“We are very excited have Vander join our family,” Marquette coach Buzz 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.”

Marquette also signed 6-6 Jamail Jones from Green Forest Christian Academy in Decatur, Ga., who will play at Montverde Academy in Florida this season.

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.

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.

Last updated: 11:58 am Thursday, December 13, 2012

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