With Jerryd Bayless and Avery Bradley both temporarily sidelined with injuries, the Celtics have signed another young guard to help fill their suddenly depleated backcourt. Today the Celtics signed 6-foot-4 guard Vander Blue.
Originally headed to the University of Wisconsin, Blue enrolled at Marquette for the 2010-11 season. In his first two seasons on the team, he was key rotational player before stepping into a starting role for his junior season. Throughout his college career, his numbers steadily improved across the board.
He averaged 14.8 points per game in his junior year and was named second team All-Big East Conference. Opting to forego his senior year at Marquette, Blue declared his eligibility for the 2013 NBA Draft.
After going undrafted in the 2013 draft, Blue did participate in Summer League basketball with the Rockets (Orlando Summer League) and the Grizzlies (Las Vegas Summer League).
His summer league play did get him signed for the pre-season by the 76ers, where he was able to put on a show with fellow rookie Michael Carter-Williams against the Celtics, but ultimately was cut on October 25th.
Blue then took his talents to Israel and signed with Maccabi Rishon LeZion to play in the Israeli Super League before being released on December 31st 2013.
Upon his return to the US, Blue signed with the Delaware 87ers on January 14th. Just over a week later, he’s a member of the Boston Celtics.
Along with Phil Pressey and Chris Johnson, Vander Blue will probably be seeing a fair amount of playing time over the next few games as Rondo reacclimates to a full playing schedule and until Bradley and Bayless are back in action.
From Orlando to Vegas to Philly to Israel to Delaware and now to Boston, it has been a very busy few months for this kid. Welcome to Boston Vander Blue!
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