Vander Blue Gets Early Minnesota Interest

Vander Blue, a 6-foot-2 sophomore guard from Madison Memorial, caught the interest of Minnesota assistant coach Vince Taylor Friday night as the Spartans faced Minneapolis (MN) DeLaSalle. Blue also played in the Minnesota Timberwolves Shootout, scoring a game-high 23 points in a 71-56 loss to Benilde St. Margaret. GoldenSports.Net caught up with Blue to learn the latest on his recruitment.

Vander Blue is averaging 14.1 points per game for Madison Memorial (7-2), which is ranked sixth in the latest The Coaches poll. Blue scored 15 points Friday in their 69-44 win over DeLasalle as Minnesota assistant Vince Taylor watched.

Blue made 10 of 18 shots from the field and four of five from the line as he scored a game-high 23 points in their 71-56 loss to Benilde St. Margaret.

The sophomore guard is already starting to get recruiting interest.

"A lot of colleges are showing interest. I'm hearing a lot from Clemson. Kansas and Wisconsin. I have attended some of their games."

AAU coach Shelton Kingcade mentioned that Marquette, Iowa State, Virginia, Baylor and Kent State are also showing interest.

Blue admits that it is still early in the recruiting process.

"Coach Collins is handling the recruiting, so I'm just focusing right now on this season," he said. "I'll worry about college next year."

Blue said that he is working hard to improve his all-around game.

"I've been working on finishing at the basket and trying to make all my free throws. I really have to work on my free throws," he said.

Kingcade said that Blue is an outstanding player.

"He has a lot of strengths. Defense. Shooting. Ball-handling. Rebounding. He has a good recognition of the game and really knows the game," Kincade said. "He is very heady. Very competitive. He has a lot of attributes that he brings to the court."

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