The only thing that’s arguably as good as a dominant guard, is one who can stop them. Bring up the ability to guard more than one position and athleticism and you’ll be speaking Vander Blue’s language, but add talks of offensive consistency and you’ll probably lose him. The 6’5″, 197 lb junior out of Marquette does have his high points, hoping to sell his rising stock consisting of an impressive string of NCAA Tournament games and adept defensive abilities. His future isn’t certain, there is the possibility of ending up in France, but there’s also a chance he could be taken with a late pick.
|Height w/o Shoes||Height w/ Shoes||Weight (lbs)||Wingspan||Standing Reach||Body Fat (%)||Hand Reach||Hand Width|
|6′ 3.5″||6′ 5.25″||197.4||6′ 6″||8′ 4.5″||4.6||8.5″||9.5″|
|28″||37.5″||4 reps||3.14 sec||10.4 sec|
Blue’s athleticism compares well to shooting guards in the NBA, yet he is rather undersized at 6’4″. Weight isn’t a problem either and the barely 200 lb frame could actually even benefit from more muscle. His physicality is workable, so match that with a nice bounce and good length and that makes him an excellent perimeter defender. His offensive arsenal is limited, but he shines when it comes to ball handling skills and driving to the basket. His favorite offensive option is attacking the basket, where he excels at accelerating to the rack and finishing with touch. He’s speedy and aggressive on both ends of the court, has a solid offensive game, and can pose a threat on the defensive end to almost any guard.
We brought up Blue’s offensive game, and despite working on this part of his game, has failed to develop a reliable jumper. This is one of the biggest flaws in hiss game, as most successful guards in the league have a reliable jumper at best. He did make some clutch shots in his last go at NCAA Tournament, but the greatest downfall is undoubtedly whether he can become consistent. Just the points that he is undersized and can’t shoot the ball consistently are extremely detrimental to his credit because not many teams are looking for a small guard that doesn’t have a consistent jump shot.
Blue’s fate is pretty much up in the air. His highs and lows might even out his stock for some teams that could be interested, especially if he starts developing a go-to jumper to mix with the option to drive. Like we hinted at, the possibility of going overseas is completely realistic, but it wouldn’t be shocking to see him go anytime after the first round.
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