Vander Blue, an undrafted guard out of Marquette, has agreed to a partial guarantee on a camp deal with Philadelphia, league source tells Y! — Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) September 20, 2013
The Sixers reportedly added Vander Blue, a 6-foot-5 undrafted rookie out of Marquette. He joins Darius Morris, Khalif Wyatt, Tony Wroten, and Michael Carter-Williams in a backcourt that collectively might not hit a jumper this season, but will earn its fair share of PECO power play of the days on Cingular Wireless SportsRise, or whatever the hell it’s called these days.
Vander Blue has quite possibly the coolest name in the NBA. But can he play too? Reviews are mixed. He was Marquette’s leading scorer, averaging 15 points for a team that advanced to the Elite 8. In Summer League he averaged 11 points and had a pretty sweet dunk.
Here’s Kevin Pelton in a SportsNation chat from April:
I don’t have Blue rated as someone worth drafting, largely because he comes up with so few assists, steals and blocks. We’ll have complete draft rankings in June, but we’re waiting until closer to the draft so we know who’s in and out, for one.
And here’s Chad Ford’s rookie analysis on ESPN Insider:
He’s a terrific athlete who can guard multiple positions and exudes the sort of toughness you come to expect from Marquette players. He’s coming off a strong NCAA tournament run that helped carry Marquette to the Elite Eight. However, he still lacks a consistent perimeter jumper and is considered undersized for the two. Most likely, he’s a second round pick. However, some scouts project him as a big point guard and there is a chance he sneaks into the first.
He might not amount to anything this season, or ever. But there’s a glimmer of hope that one day he can crack a rotation on a competitive team. For a team not looking to win games his season, he’s a better option than say, Royal Ivey, Chris Duhon, or Kevin Ollie.
Below is a quick Vander Blue timeline. Essentially, it’s Blue through the lens of my Twitter feed. Enjoy.
First time watching him play here in San Antonio. Really really like what I’ve seen so far. RT @John_R_Kennedy thoughts on Vander Blue?
— Jonathan Givony (@DraftExpress) June 28, 2010
— Slate (@Slate) March 20, 2012
Vander Blue trying to force his way into the 2013 NBA draft w/a strong NCAA tournament so far. 29% 3P% on the season, but 5/10 this weekend.
— Jonathan Givony (@DraftExpress) March 24, 2013
Vander Blue’s nice. Could be a decent combo third guard at the next level.
— Mike Prada (@MikePradaSBN) March 29, 2013
Wait a minute. The Sixers have Vander Blue, and Royce White. They need Michael Redd.
— Spike Eskin (@SpikeEskin) September 20, 2013