Stock Report: Boosted
Vander Blue looked like a new player all year, but his stock didn't get a boost until it started translating to NCAA tournament wins.
He was more or less just an athlete his first two years, getting his offense as a slasher while earning his minutes as a defender.
But Blue developed a go-to scoring repertoire as a junior, and he's putting it to good use in March.
Tied up in the closing seconds against Davidson, Blue was given the ball in isolation. He beat his man off the bounce and converted a beautiful lefty layup for the game-winning basket. He then dropped 29 on Butler, taking over the game both on and off the ball.
Blue was spotting up around the arc (3-of-4 from downtown), pulling up with a picturesque balanced stop-and-pop jumper and getting to the rim showcasing his NBA athleticism.
Against the No. 2 seed Miami Hurricanes, he scored 14 points on 7-of-12 shooting in a 71-61 beatdown.
He now has the look of an NBA 2-guard with an improving perimeter game and excellent physical tools. Blue could ride the wave and enter the 2013 draft or return in 2014 as a breakout candidate.