Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Feeling Blue - Vander Blue

Bo Ryan picked up his first commitment for the class of 2010 yesterday when Madison Memorial's Vander Blue pledged to become a Badger. Among his other suitors were Indiana, Kentucky, and Marquette, and other big names seemed poised to follow.

I saw him play at the state tournament in Madison, and saw why there was interest. Vander is good at driving and getting to the rim, and was active in Memorial's trapping defense. He didn't try any 3-pointers - no one on Memorial did, a rarity - but he is said to have a nice mid-range game.

From my limited exposure to Blue, I've been trying to come up with a comparison, but am stumped. The penetrating ability is a little bit like Trevon Hughes, but he's taller. His body reminds me of Devin Harris, but he doesn't seem to be as good a scorer ... although he is just a high school sophomore.

There only appears to be one scholarship left for the class of '10, and it would appear to be ticketed for Evan Anderson. Other notables from that class include Flavien Davis of Milwaukee and Kameron Cerroni of Sussex Hamilton.


Phil Mitten said...

Blue reminds me of a more explosive Sean Mason, but with a less consistent jumper as of now. He may have a little Wes Matthews in his game as well.

Scott Tappa said...

Wes Matthews is a good comparison, only shorter and not as strong yet. He's only a sophomore. Wes still doesn't have much of an outside game.