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Marquette University guard Vander Blue has declared for the NBA Draft.

Marquette guard Vander Blue declares for NBA Draft


Marquette University guard Vander Blue, a junior from Madison, has declared for the NBA Draft.

Marquette released a statement Tuesday announcing Blue's intentions. A 6-foot, 4-inch guard, Blue helped lead the Golden Eagles to the Elite 8 in the NCAA Tournament last season.

In a statement, Golden Eagles coach Buzz Williams said: "As a program, we are all very thankful for everything Vander has done to help our team over the last three years, but more importantly I admire the growth he has made off the floor as a person. He has had success in each role that he has played every year he has been here, and has continued to improve. We will always be grateful for his contributions and wish him nothing but the best in his professional career."

After coming to Marquette from Madison, Blue appeared in 106 games and posted career averages of 9.3 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2 assists.

Blue sent out a simple message via Twitter.

Marquette will also lose Jamal Ferguson, Jake Thomas and Juan Anderson to transfers. Center Chris Otule will likely be back for a sixth year however.


Talkbacks

TosaJim | April 16, 2013 at 1:38 p.m. (report)

He doesn't seem like a kid who has much on the ball...except maybe basketball....let's see if you can stay out of trouble...he won't have Marquette hovering over him.

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Photodavie | April 16, 2013 at 11:05 a.m. (report)

STUPID, STUPID, STUPID, STUPID!!!!!!!!!! OPTION 1: finish your degree (free of charge), compete for a national title, continue to develop your outside shot, and most likely be drafted in the middle of the 1st round next year. OPTION2: Possibly get drafted in the second round of this years draft, most likely end up playing basketball in Turkey for a couple years, then going to work for a fastfood restaurant. Just STUPID. Such a waste. Buzz Williams / Tom Crean recruits with successfull NBA trips all played 4 years (DWade the obvious exception). They need all 4 years to develop as players and men. Such a sad day. Best of luck Vander. Send us a postcard from Turkey.

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