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Blue declares for NBA draft as Marquette loses more players

MILWAUKEE - The Marquette University men's basketball team has lost its third and fourth player this month. Starting sophomore forward Juan Anderson was granted his release yesterday, saying he wanted to find a school that's closer to his home in Oakland California. And this morning starting guard Vander Blue announeced he was entering the NBA draft.

Anderson averaged about three points and three rebounds in 13 minutes per game this past season. He became a starter in mid-November after Jamil Wilson struggled. But as the campaign went on, Wilson replaced Anderson early and became a key player for Marquette off the bench. Anderson said he enjoyed his time in Milwaukee, and coach Buzz Williams said he's grateful for what Anderson contributed.

Blue had a breakthrough junior season leading MU to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament He averaged nearly 10 points per game and played his best ball late in the season and through the tournament. Blue has hired an agent so he cannot return to the team if he is undrafted. He will have to play in the NBA's D-League or play overseas if he's not picked in the two-round draft next month.

Last week, Marquette said that freshman forward Jamal Ferguson left to be closer to his family in Virginia. Junior Jake Thomas also said this month that he would leave the Golden Eagles.