Feature photo courtesy of Chris Vogt.
Many people say that the true “big man” is going away in today’s game of basketball. High school junior Chris Vogt is here to stop that trend.
Vogt, a 6’10” center at Graves County High School in Kentucky, currently has offers from three Division 1 schools: Middle Tennessee State, Tulsa, and Western Kentucky. He has pending interest from other D1 schools with a good chance of receiving more offers in his final two years of high school.
The big man from Kentucky knows that he can dominate a game in the post because of his size and ability. Vogt hopes to be in a system in college that highlights that part of his game.
“I’d like to play in a ‘feed it inside’ type of system. A system that plays inside out and emphasizes going inside to the big men,” Vogt said.
However, Vogt hopes to be able to bring his game to the next level and become more of an outside threat if necessary.
“I’m working on extending my range and playing outside a little bit. Hopefully I’ll be able to showcase that a little bit during the season,” Vogt said.
Although working on his game is something important to the high school junior, academics are still a priority. He maintains a 4.0 GPA in the classroom while continuing to work towards his goal of becoming a Division 1 athlete.
Vogt gained that work ethic from his family, which has helped him get to where he is today. He said that his parents and his two brothers have always supported him.
“My two older brothers helped me develop my game when I played against them when I was younger. They never cut me any slack,” Vogt said.
When discussing future college plans, Vogt had only one stipulation- a close proximity to home.
“I want to go to a school that is just a short drive away so my parents can come visit or I can come home on the weekends. Also, I want a school that has a good academic program and good basketball tradition,” Vogt said.
Vogt may be thinking about college basketball, but most of his focus right now is on his final two seasons in high school. Like most players, Vogt not only has set high personal goals he hopes to achieve, but also goals he would like to accomplish with his team.
“My goals are to win two regional championship and to break the blocks record at the school,” Vogt said.
Helping Vogt reach these goals is his head coach Josh Frick. Frick will be starting his second season at Graves County High School this winter.
When asked about his opinion of his high school coach, Vogt responded, “He’s helped me a lot. He doesn’t cut anyone any slack and he really makes sure we are conditioned. He has been really easy to work with and has helped me when I’ve scheduled visits or scheduled coaches to come watch practice.”
Chris Vogt, although he is two years away, is already prepared to take over the college game. His inside game should make him a force to be reckoned with for years to come.
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