When all was said and done in the 2013 NBA Draft, Marquette guard Vander Blue was not among the 60 players selected by an NBA team. Given the speculation by many that he should have returned to school for his senior season, that was a heavy blow. Blue now will have a chance to prove himself, though, as he was invited to the Las Vegas Summer League as a part of the Memphis Grizzlies.
In his junior season last year with the Golden Eagles, Blue was a big part of their success. He played 33 minutes per game and averaged 14.8 points, 3.2 rebounds, 1.8 assists and one steal per game while shooting 45.4 percent from the field and 30.3 percent from three.
However, Blue gained a lot of notoriety in the NCAA Tournament when he helped lead his Marquette team improbably all the way to the Elite Eight. In the three tournament games, excluding their Elite Eight game against Syracuse when the Golden Eagles managed just 39 points as a team, Blue averaged 19.7 points, 2.3 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 2.3 steals per game while shooting 50 percent from both the field and from beyond-the-arc.
What’s obvious when you watch Blue on the floor is his ability to score. He’s not an elite shooter, but he’s passable in that department. He is, however, great in terms of his vision off the ball and ability to finish at the rim. In addition, he’s also solid in terms of dribble-penetration.
Though he doesn’t have a contract yet, Blue definitely has a legitimate chance to work his way onto the Grizzlies’ roster, or another team’s roster, with how he performs at Summer League. If he’s able to attack the rim effectively and create turnovers defensively, don’t be surprised if he earns himself a contract.