January 7, 2009

Blue excited to play with future teammate

In a border-battle between Madison Memorial and Mendota Heights Sibley, two future Badgers had a chance to go head-to-head in one of the regular season's most anticipated match ups.

Vander Blue and Mike Bruesewitz will be teammates in 2010 at the University of Wisconsin. UW fans, however, were able to get a glimpse of the future as the commitments met during a rare game, which matched two of the top prep basketball programs in Wisconsin and Minnesota, respectively.

Monday night, Blue took time out of his busy schedule to speak with BadgerBlitz.com after an impressive 67-64 win against Sibley in the 13th annual Timberwovles' Gatorade Shootout.

"Sibley was probably one of the best teams I've played against," said Blue, who scored 16 points in the win. "They had a definite height advantage, but we were still able to finish in the lane and make a couple key 3-pointers. This game was a great measuring stick for us."

Blue, a 6-foot-4 combo guard, knows now what to expect in 2010 when him and Bruesewitz join forces at the Kohl Center.

"Man, Mike is a really good ball player," Blue said. "I think he's going to be a good one. I can't wait to play with him at the next level. He's really versatile for his size. He can handle the ball, finish at the rim, and hit outside shots.

"He's going to be really good."

Memorial, which has improved its record to 6-0, is looking to bounce back this season after a heart-breaking loss to Wauwatosa East in the Division I state championship game last year.

"Coach (Steve) Collins reminds us every day about that championship game," he said. "Coach tells us to think back and remember how we felt after that game. It still hurts.

"I felt as though we were just as good, if not better, than Wauwatosa East at every position. They out played us; they were the better team. It's definitely motivation for us this year."

Blue, who is also a close friend of current teammate and future Marquette Golden Eagle, Jeronne Maymon, was asked if the two had developed any sort of rivalry with their recent commitments.

"Jeronne and I are just like brothers. We don't hold any animosity towards each other," he explained. "I was happy for him when he committed to Marquette and it was the same when I committed to Wisconsin. It will be a blast playing against him in college, but when it's all said and done, we're like brothers. During the school day I ask him how Marquette's season is going and he'll ask me about Wisconsin."

Bruesewitz joins Diamond Taylor in Wisconsin's 2009 class, while Blue and Evan Anderson make up UW's 2010 combo.

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