UC basketball and the question few figured we'd be asking four months ago

The Vogt Impact

UC coach John Brannen knew what he had in Chris Vogt when the 7-foot-1 junior arrived in Clifton. I think it's fair to say that most everyone else was wondering.

Brannen had recruited Vogt to NKU out of Graves County High School in Mayfield, Kentucky.

Vogt appeared in 35 games for the Norse last season, averaging 12 minutes and 4.5 points per game.

When Brannen took the UC job, Vogt transferred to Clifton.

The assumption was he'd sit out his transfer season, add some muscle to his frame and add depth to the UC frontcourt next season.

But the junior was granted a waiver for immediate eligibility by the NCAA on Friday, October 4. That was the night of Midnight Madness for UC basketball.

Consider the difference a year has made for Vogt and the difference he's made for UC:

Vogt was able to help teach Brannen's system from day one of practice. He's added 25 pounds of muscle in the offseason. He's an excellent passer from the post.

A year ago this week Vogt played a total of 12 minutes and failed to score in back-to-back Horizon League games.

He played a total of 9 minutes in NKU's final two games: 5 vs Wright St in the Horizon League finals and 4 vs Texas Tech in NCAA tournament.......0-1 FG, 0 PT, 0 RB.

One year later Vogt is coming off a 41-minute performance Sunday vs UConn that saw him contribute 10 points, 4 rebounds, 3 blocks and a steal and assist. He enters tonight's American Conference showdown vs Memphis with the 3rd best field goal percentage (.676) in the country.

He's playing 29 minutes per game for UC, adding 12.7 points, 6.1 rebounds and shooting 67% from the field (3rd in NCAA).

He scored in double figures three times last season at NKU. He's reached double figures in each of his last three games for the Bearcats and 19 times this season.

After playing fewer than 10 minutes in 11 different games last season, he's played 30+ minutes in 10 games this season.

After scoring 159 points in 48 career games at NKU, Vogt has scored 291 points in 23 games at UC.

All of this after Vogt faced the 274th ranked strength of schedule at NKU last year and the 20th ranked strength of schedule at UC this year.

As for UC's frontcourt depth: Jay Sorrolla left the program two weeks ago to pursue a professional career in Europe. Mamoudou Diarra has continued to earn minutes.

The two players had combined to average 17.6 minutes, 5.3 points, 3.7 rebounds in conference games.

Did anyone think on that October 4 night we'd be wondering "where would the Bearcats be without Chris Vogt" four months later?

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