Marquette junior guard Vander Blue made quite the surprising decision last week to declare for the NBA Draft. He is a very talented player, but a lot of people felt he needed to go back to college for more seasoning. He ultimately decided that he should head for the professional ranks, and he becomes a guy the Boston Celtics could target if they acquire a second round draft pick. He can score in bunches and played for a head coach in Buzz Williams who is gaining new fans left and right. Blue was one of the highest ranked high school recruits in the country a few years ago, and the Golden Eagles did a terrific job in making sure he stayed in state. He was a guy they had to have, and it actually took him a couple of collegiate seasons to start living up to his high ranking.
The obvious connection to the Celtics is being a player who played at Marquette. Celtics head coach Doc Rivers is a former Golden Eagle, and you can bet that he would love to coach an alum. That obviously is not the main reason that they would draft Blue. The Celtics desperately want to get younger in the backcourt, and he is a guy that could give them nice depth. He has excellent size for the shooting guard position and is great at taking his defender off the dribble. He won Marquette many games last season and was very instrumental in their deep NCAA Tournament run.
The Celtics could take a look at Blue this summer.
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