Marquette Golden Eagles' Star Vander Blue Declares For 2013 NBA Draft

By Trevor Lowry
Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

The Marquette Golden Eagles had a very successful season and Vander Blue had a lot to do with that. However, instead of returning for his senior year, Blue will enter the 2013 NBA Draft.

Blue may have had a great season this year, but another season would have done him well. Not to mention, the Golden Eagles could certainly use him.

Blue isn’t the most accurate shooter in the world and only shot 30.3 percent from behind the arc. He still managed to score 14.8 points per game. His 1.8 assists per game does not jump off the page, though.

I can see why Blue is declaring for the draft, since he is not the highest rated prospect in the draft and this will likely be the highest his draft stock will ever be, since he will be a senior and he just had his best season yet. I can see Blue going in the middle of the second round, but who really knows. Whatever NBA team–if any–wants him, will pull the trigger on him when they feel is right.

It is amazing that a player with Blue’s talent will not at least crack the first round of the draft, but maybe he will. Blue did average 18.3 points per game in the 2013 NCAA Tournament, but apparently that does not change a whole lot.

Blue had a breakout season to say the least and he was the best player on a team that made the Elite Eight. That alone should have raised his draft stock. He is a great player and he will only get better at the next level regardless when he is drafted.


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