Sr. commit Matt Vogrich's coach Phil LaScala

Catching up with 6-foot-3 senior hoops SG/PG commitment Matt Vogrich's coach Phil LaScala from Lake Forest (Ill.) High School.

GoBlueWolverine: Can you describe the type of player Matt Vogrich is for your basketball program?

Coach LaScala: "He is doing well this year. He does many things for us with being our leading scorer with 23 points average, takes the most shots, and has eight rebounds a game average as well. He plays the off guard position and handles the ball very well and of course he is a good shooter."

GoBlueWolverine: What does Matt need to work on at the next level?

Coach LaScala: "He needs to get physically stronger like most high school players at his age, but he will do fine. The Big Ten is a physically demanding conference and you are beating and banging with men and not boys anymore so that will be an adjustment for him, but he will do quite well in my opinion."

GoBlueWolverine: How about some of his strenghts as a basketball player?

Coach LaScala: "Well obviously shooting the basketball... shooting the rock and his ability to get to the basket... he does that quite well. He has a really nice pull up 15-foot jump shot and he is a lot more athletic than what he looks. Michigan fans in my opinion will be pleased with this young man. He is a kid that really finishes plays well and he is a very good kid."

GoBlueWolverine: What were some of the reasons in your opinion he chose Michigan?

Coach LaScala: "Their system with Coach Beilein really wanting to shoot the three and not getting on the kids for their shot selection. I think he really liked Coach Beilein as a person and as a coach. He also thought academically Michigan was a very good fit for him and he wanted to stay somewhere in the Midwest so he was not that far from home and he followed the Big Ten a lot thinking Michigan and the conference was a good fit for him playing in that league."

GoBlueWolverine: Have you dealt with Coach Beilein and the staff previously?

Coach LaScala: "Yea I have. He is a great coach and a great person who you can tell he is getting his team into the right direction. Coach Beilein and Coach Dunn were Matt's main recruiters who came to a couple of our games, a couple of open gyms, and expressed how much he wanted Matt and wanted what was best for him as well."

GoBlueWolverine: How is your team doing and do you have any younger prospects to keep an eye on?

Coach LaScala: "We are 15-3 and doing pretty well right now. We have a young prospect coming up who is a sophomore T.J. Cox who is a point guard and hopefully he grows a little bit because he is a little midget right now while his older brother are both 6'3 - 6'4 range. He is a good player, but probably many coaches are waiting to see if he grows, but he will get there and should be another good player in our program."


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