Illinois Junior Gets Offer From Saint Louis

Illinois Junior Gets Offer From Saint Louis

Saint Louis University coach Rick Majerus was unsuccessful in trying to recruit a sharp-shooting 6-foot-3 two guard from Illinois named Matt this summer, but he's now trying to recruit another one in the Class of 2009.

Majerus was not able to land Matt Roth, a 6-3 shooting guard from Washington (Ill.), this summer. Roth considered the Billikens before finally choosing Indiana University over Bradley.

But Majerus and the Billikens are now after a player who seems very similar.

Matt Vogrich is a 6-3 junior shooting guard at Lake Forest (Ill.) High School and he recently picked up his first scholarship offer, from Saint Louis U.

"He's got a huge upside," said Lake Forest High coach Phil LaScala, who went to high school with SLU assistant coach Porter Moser. "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."

LaScala said Vogrich is a very good shooter with excellent court vision who can play either point guard or shooting guard and has a 4.7 grade-point average (on a 5.0 scale).

Among the colleges recruiting Vogrich, LaScala said, are Northwestern, Wisconsin, Dayton, Saint Josephs, Illinois State and Davidson.

LaScala said the college coaches all express similar opinions of Vogrich.

"They like his upside a lot," LaScala said. "Right now he hasn't filled into his body much, so they think in the next 24 months he'll get a lot stronger. He has a real good court sense. He has a quick release on his jumper so he can get it off against bigger guys."

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).

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