Vander Blue No Longer Waiting

The first significant domino of Midnight Madness fell Sunday night. Vander Blue is going to play his ball in the Big East.

For Vander Blue, Midnight Madness at Marquette was special. It wasn't, however, the deciding factor in his decision to commit to the Golden Eagles this weekend.

"The thing we me was how hard everybody works every day," Blue told "They live by the motto "1 Percent Better Each Day." They live by that. Coach Williams spent a lot of time on life and talking to me about becoming a man."'s No. 27 prospect in the Class of 2010, had it basically down to Wisconsin and Florida. The 6-foot-5 Madison (Wisc.) Memorial senior didn't anticipate committing this weekend.

"It caught me off guard. It sort of happened. Madness was good but it wasn't the reason. The time was right and I presented it to my family. It wasn't something I could predict but something I am proud."

Blue, who was once committed to Wisconsin, said a conversation with the staff and his family helped ease the decision.

"We had a good conversation with me, Buzz, my grand dad, mom and Coach Benford. We felt really comfortable with Coach Williams and she knows I'll be in good hands. I'm the youngest of three kids. My mom's going to be on her own now but she can come to all my games and be apart of my collegiate success. Plus, the Big East drew me in."

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