Madison Memorial sophomore Vander Blue, a 6-foot-3, 185-pound shooting guard, gave his verbal commitment to Wisconsin late Monday night less than one week after receiving the scholarship offer from the Badgers.
"Vander is an exceptional athlete and an exceptional basketball player," Memorial head coach Steve Collins told Badger Nation. "He always loved the Wisconsin program and the fact that he could stay close to home."
A honorable mention all-state selection last season, Blue helped lead the Spartans to 23-3 record last season and reach the Division I state championship game, where Memorial was bested by Wauwatosa East.
Although listed as a shooting guard, Blue, according to Collins, is extremely versatile and talented in all aspects of his game.
"He's a good of rebounder as I have seen," Collins said. "He's able to take the ball to the rim extremely well, his mid-range jumper is very good, he can defend just about anybody and he is as quick a player on the court as anybody. He's like a gazelle."
Wisconsin assistant coach Howard Moore, who was the primarily recruiter for 2009 commitment Diamond Taylor, was the main contact for Blue and was in attendance, along with head coach Bo Ryan, for the King James Shooting Stars Classic in Akron, Ohio this past weekend, a performance that apparently gave Ryan enough information to offer the scholarship.
"He does not turn 16 until July and I think he is going to be very special," Collins said. "It says something for our program that he did not make varsity last year as a freshman. I think he's going to be one of the top players in the state if he isn't already."
With Wisconsin filling one spot for its 2010 class, the Badgers will now focus on Evan Anderson, a 6-foot-11 center from Eau Claire North who has been offered the other scholarship for that class.