April 16, 2013
Junior guard Vander Blue of the Marquette University men's basketball team announced Tuesday morning that he will forgo his final season of eligibility and officially submit his name for the National Basketball Association (NBA) Draft.
Blue, a 6-4, 200-pound guard, plans to sign with an agent.
"I've had three great years here and appreciate everything Marquette has done for me during that time to help me develop," Blue said. "At this point I want to pursue my dream. I've prayed about it and discussed it with my family and think this is the right decision for me at this time.
"I really want to thank all of the coaches and staff at Marquette for helping me become a better player and a man," Blue added. "I also loved and appreciate the support shown by Marquette fans across the country during my career, especially during home games at the Bradley Center."
The Madison, Wis., native enjoyed a breakthrough campaign in 2012-13, earning All-BIG EAST Second Team accolades in the process. He concluded the year ranked 14th in the BIG EAST Conference in scoring (14.8 ppg.) and also topped the roster in that category. He shot 45.4 percent from the floor overall and 75.6 percent from the charity stripe.
"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," head coach Buzz Williams said. "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."
Blue concludes his three-year career at Marquette with 80 starting assignments in 106 appearances. He owns career averages of 9.3 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists per outing. He finishes with 982 points, narrowly missing becoming the 45th player in school history with 1,000 career points.