By Joe Henricksen
After opening eyes and leaving plenty of people talking at the Adidas Take Five in Cincinnati earlier in the week, Lake Forest’s Matt Vogrich, the floppy-haired 6-3 gunner, continued to show why he is now the most talked about senior in Illinois during the July evaluation period.
In a ridiculously loaded, deep field of talent of all ages at the Chicago Summer Classic, where over 100 college coaches jammed into the Joy of the Game Center in Deerfield, Vogrich stole the show while playing with Full Package. Vogrich was absolutely the talk of the event. Already recognized as one of the premier shooters in the state of Illinois, Vogrich proved his versatility and athleticism have been overlooked. Yes, he drained threes off the dribble and coming off screens. But there was Vogrich rising up down the lane to throw down a dunk in the midst of a 30-plus point performance against the Mac Irvin Fire. In another game he dunked on a defender in transition, setting off an eruption throughout the facility. Simply put, Vogrich put on a big-time display at a big-time event.
Vogrich needs little time to get his shot off thanks to a quick release. He plays with an easy-going, yet confident streak. He doesn’t get intimidated by pressure situations nor when facing top-notch talent. He may struggle to defend more athletic 2-guards at the high-major level with his lateral quickness.
Vogrich, who is also an elite student, just jumped his stock beyond the mid-major level. When the Hoops Report’s post-July rankings come out Vogrich will surely be among the top 10 prospects in Illinois. Locally, Vogrich becomes a huge recruiting priority for Northwestern, being a north shore prospect with stellar grades and ACT score. Look for plenty of other high-majors to be getting involved and watching him during the July evaluation period.
Brust makes big splash
Mundelein junior Ben Brust, who plays in the summer with the Rising Stars, showed again why the City/Suburban Hoops Report has the scoring guard as the No. 10 prospect in the Class of 2010. While mid-majors drool over Brust, it’s the high-majors that are taking a closer look. In the right system Brust, who is a much better athlete than people realize, could have success at the high-major level. He has a little bounce in his game, decent size at 6-2 and can score in a variety of ways, whether it be from beyond the arc, mid-range game or getting to the basket.
Another Rising Star
Brust was not the only Class of 2010 player to open the eyes of high-major college coaches with his play at the Chicago Summer Classic. The Hoops Report can’t believe the progress big Jordan Threloff of DeKalb has made since seeing him play during the season with his high school team. Threloff, who plays with a terrific Rising Stars 16-and-under team, jumps out at you with his pure size. He’s nearly pushing 6-10 and is thick, with big, powerful legs. While he still has plenty of work to do with his overall skill level, Threloff is far from being just a big bodied 5-man. Yes, he’s a legit 5-man who can get up and down the floor well for a player his size. And everyone knows the difficulty in finding a true 5-man. Threloff and improving — but inconsistent — 6-9 Fred Heldring of New Trier form quite a 1-2 inside tandem for the Rising Stars.
Check back regularly in coming days for plenty more updates and information on the Chicago Summer Classic in Deerfield in the City/Suburban Hoops Report blog.