Vogrich Excited About First Offer

Lake Forest (Ill.) High School junior Matt Vogrich knew Saint Louis University basketball coach was planning to offer him a scholarship, but that didn't prevent the sharp-shooting guard from being excited when it finally happened.



"I was just excited," Vogrich said. Assistant coach Porter Moser "told my dad that (Majerus) was going to offer me when he came down. I kind of knew he was going to do it. I was really excited when he offered me. St. Louis would be a great place to play. You can't go wrong with that."

At the beginning of Vogrich's junior season, Saint Louis was the only school that had offered him a scholarship, but he has been talking with several schools and made unofficial visits to a couple.

Vogrich has made unofficial visits to Wisconsin, Northwestern and SLU, has talked to a lot of other schools in the Atlantic 10 Conference along with Marquette, Virginia, Dayton and Davidson.

The 6-foot-3, 175-pound combo guard already knew Moser from when he attended a camp at Illinois State, where Moser was the head coach, but Vogrich was impressed with his first meeting with Majerus.

"He came to our open gym and just came from a Bulls practice," Vogrich said. "He's friends with (Chicago Bulls coach) Scott Skiles. He brought all their plays and stuff."

After watching the open gym Majerus was able to give Vogrich's high school coach, Phil LaScala, some tips and pointers on how the Lake Forest guard could improve his game. Then Vogrich and LaScala worked on those things.

Vogrich made his unofficial visit to SLU earlier this fall.

"I really liked the campus," he said. "I also really liked the new stadium they are putting in. It looks really nice and big. It looked like a great basketball facility."

Though Majerus has already signed an impressive five-member recruiting class for the 2008-09 season, the Billikens coach has so far failed to land the 3-point shooting specialist he's been looking for to stretch defenses.

Vogrich could be that player for SLU in the Class of 2009.

As a sophomore, his first year as a varsity starter, Vogrich averaged 15 points per game, made 86.8 percent of his free throw attempts (66 of 76) and 39 percent of his 3-point attempts (54 of 139).

"He's got a huge upside," Lake Forest coach Phil LaScala said. "He's got a lot of individual skill and he's very skilled offensively. He's got long arms. He's a lot better athlete than he looks. He's a pretty good athlete."

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