Vander Blue and Josh Gasser Playing at the AL This Weekend
Two of the top high school talents in the state and some of the best teams in the state will be showcased as part of the Converse/Eastbay Classic at the Al McGuire Center this weekend. Below are the event details and an excerpt from the press release:
Top High School Basketball Rivals Face Off at Second Annual Converse/Eastbay Classic
Featured match-up includes Wisconsin perennial powers Rufus King (Milwaukee, Wis.) vs. Madison Memorial (Madison, Wis.)
What: The Converse/Eastbay Classic is an all-day, seven game exhibition, bringing together some of the top boys and girls high school basketball teams in Wisconsin and Illinois. All proceeds from this event will go to the JG Scholarship Fund, which allows deserving high school students in need of assistance to further their college education in the state of Wisconsin.
When: Saturday, December 19th
Tickets: Are only $7 and can be purchased at the door.
- 9:00 a.m. – Valders (Valders, Wis.) vs. Shorewood (Shorewood, Wis.)
- 10:30 a.m. – South Division (Milwaukee, Wis.) vs. Waukesha West (Waukesha, Wis.)
- 12:00 p.m. – Logan (La Crosse, Wis.) vs. Appleton East (Appleton, Wis.)
- 1:30 p.m. – Richards (Oak Lawn, Ill.) vs. Hamilton (Sussex, Wis.)
- 4:00 p.m. – Girls – Divine Savior Holy Angels (Milwaukee, Wis.) vs. Muskego (Muskego, Wis.)
- 5:45 p.m. – Waupun (Waupun, Wis.) vs. Port Washington (Port Washington, Wis.)
- 7:30 p.m. – Rufus King (Milwaukee, Wis.) vs. Madison Memorial (Madison, Wis.)
The proceeds generated from the Classic benefit the Jim Gosz Foundation, which in conjunction with Milwaukee Public Schools provides scholarships to Milwaukee area youth who want to further their education beyond high school but do not have the necessary resources. Jim Gosz is the twentieth-year coach of Rufus King.
About the JG Scholarship Fund
The JG Scholarship Fund was set up to financially support promising Wisconsin high school scholars who are entering their freshmen year at participating Wisconsin universities. The fund, begun in 2008, is supported by proceeds from a highly regarded high school basketball tournament held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin that features prominent regional and nationally competitive teams. The funds inaugural sponsors are Converse Inc. and Eastbay, Inc. More information on the scholarship fund can be found at www.jgscholarshipfund.com
Josh Gasser plays for Port Washington and is part of the Badgers 2010 recruiting class. He's a 6'4" point guard with range. He's the 52nd ranked PG recruit in the nation: Here's what scouts had to say about him:
September, 2009: Gasser is a long and very versatile lead guard. He has excellent all around skills that allows him to get to the rim and finish shots over, around or in between defenders on a consistent basis. Gasser's ball skills and high basketball IQ allow him to also create shots for others with his ball handling, passing and decision making. He must continue to add strength and work to improve his quickness and explosiveness but Gasser knocks down open shots with range to the arc and has good leadership ability which is key to being a successful point guard. Although a point guard Gasser does have the size and scoring ability to play the shooting guard as well.
Vander Blue has committed to Marquette after decommitting from Wisconsin. He's a 6'3" shooting guard with tremendous quickness. He is the #9 ranked shooting guard recruit in the country, and #34 on ESPN's top 100 overall list. Here's what scouts had to say about him:
May, 2009: This athletic combination guard attacked defenders off the dribble with his great first step. Blue has tremendous size and length to go along with be a terrific ball handler which allows him to penetrate the lane at will. He is a great passer with excellent court vision and can put the ball on the money at high speeds. Blue also has a smooth mid range pull jumper with good elevation, release and follow through. He also is a factor on the offensive glass as he sprints in from the perimeter for a timely tip in. He can make the open three with time and space but his strength is creating off the dribble.