Center | Chris Vogt
Cincinnati transfer big man Chris Vogt is a one year rental for Greg Gard and the badgers.
Vogt has played in 101 collegiate games over the last four seasons, most recently starting 50 of 53 games over two years for the Cincinnati Bearcats. As a junior in 2019-20, he averaged 11.0 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game. Vogt has 118 blocked shots in four college seasons and will be a much needed lane clogger.
Standing at 7-foot-0, Vogt has something you can’t teach: height. He’ll give the badgers a big bodied rim protector that they were in desperate need of following the departures of Nate Reuvers, Micah Potter and Joe Hedstrom. Vogt fills a need at the center position but also brings valuable experience to a young roster that could use some seasoning.
It’s unclear whether or not Vogt was brought in to start right away, but he’ll certainly be a part of the rotation – due to his experience and shot blocking prowess. I would assume we’ll see Vogt played in a bit of a platoon with fellow big man Steven Crowl which ultimately makes the starter designation unimportant.
On offense, Vogt is a player with decent fundamentals on the block, although he is a little stiff in his movements. Vogt sets strong screens (he’s 260 pounds), and is not afraid to attack the rim on dump-offs.
This isn’t your prototypical Wisconsin big, Vogt is going to live within five feet of the rim – which isn’t to to say he doesn’t have value on offense. Vogt is someone who utilizes his size to seal defenders down low, and is a guy you can dump it off to on the block when you need a bucket.
Vogt is also a player who doesn’t hesitate when he goes to the rim, he’s aggressive and absorbs contact well. Unfortunately Vogt is a career 41% from the foul line, so mentally prepare yourself for that.
The defensive end is where Chris Vogt brings the most value to this program. The transfer big man is a fearless rim protector and has an impressive wingspan he utilizes to disrupt shots.
And when he defends ball screens he’s able to easily alter the guards shot when he gets down hill:
Should he get beat going down hill Vogt is able to use his impressive length to make up for those mistakes:
Foot speed appears to be on the slower side, so defending on the perimeter will not be an area of strength. Vogt is not a strong rebounder but does box out well, which should bode well for the “gang rebounding” mentality of the roster.
I think it’s a perfect fit for all parties involved. Wisconsin needed a battle tested big man to log minutes and help anchor the defense. Having an experienced rim protector while big Steve gets his feet wet will allow him to develop at his own pace. Chris Vogt should provide a nice bridge into our next generation of front-court players while helping them grow.
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