Welcome to Notre Dame basketball practice.
Matt Vogrich didn’t expect all of that on his official visit to Notre Dame this past weekend, but the four-star shooting guard from Lake Forest, Ill., definitely liked it.
And Vogrich can certainly see himself being a part of it.
“I’ve seen them play, and I’ve seen (Kyle) McAlarney play and I love how he plays, but they shot more threes than I thought they would,” Vogrich explained. “Everyone on their team can shoot a three. The 7-foot kid, Luke Zeller, he shot well. It surprised me. I knew a few of them could shoot, but I didn’t know all of them could shoot. (Luke) Harangody was hitting a lot of threes. He didn’t miss a three all weekend. He shot like 70 percent.”
“That’s what I love doing. I shot really well when I was there. I didn’t do much else other than shoot because I wasn’t used to the team. But they play the way I like to play, which is run and shoot a lot of threes. They’re unselfish and I liked playing with them a lot.”
Soon, Mike Brey and the rest of the Irish staff will find out if Vogrich will be playing with the Notre Dame team for the next four or five years.
The 6-foot-3 Vogrich, who as Lake Forest High’s tallest player, averaged 18 points and eight rebounds in helping his team to a 16-12 mark last season, plans to make one more official visit before verbally committing.”
“I’m going to go to Stanford when school is back in session,” Vogrich began. As a junior, he shot 53 percent from the floor and 41 percent from behind the arc. “Stanford’s school doesn’t start until the 22nd, and my parents really want me to visit there for the academics. I’m just going to visit there and probably make a decision in mid-October.
Vogrich said he’s still considering Michigan as well, and also holds several other scholarship offers from places like Colorado, Wake Forest, Northwestern and UCLA.
“Those two are pretty high,” he said of Notre Dame and Stanford.
Vogrich and his father arrived in South Bend early last Friday. It was his second time on campus, and they stayed through Sunday.
“I like coach Brey a lot,” Vogrich said. “He seems like a good teacher and he loves what he’s doing. I saw that at practice when I came last time. It’s close to home, two hours, so my dad can come to all my games. I love how they play and the great academics. I love how I fit in there, and everything seems to fit.”
When Vogrich made it to campus, the first person he met with was Brey.
“He really wants me to go there, and he just tries to show me how they play and how I fit in so well,” Vogrich said. “They’re losing a lot of guards this year with McAlarney and (Ryan) Ayers, and he thinks I fit in real well there.”
Vogrich then went to the dining hall with some of the guys on the team for lunch. From there, the team hit the The Pit for an open gym.
A brief campus tour followed, and then a meeting with Pat Holmes to talk about the business school and prospective majors.
Friday night saw Vogrich get over to Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse for dinner with Brey, the coaching staff, a few players and Mike Broghammer, the Irish’s most recent verbal commit who was also in town on an official visit.
“It was great,” Vogrich stated. “I had like a 55-dollar steak there.
Vogrich hung out with the team some more after dinner before heading back to the hotel for bed.
Saturday morning was much of the same. Breakfast with Brey, basketball in the Joyce Center with the team, before heading over to the football tailgate and the game.
“The atmosphere was great,” Vogrich said of Notre Dame’s season-opening football win. His mother was able to drive in for that. “I loved the student section and all the things they were doing. There were a ton of students there. It was a great atmosphere.”
Vogrich had dinner with some of the guys and hung out for a bit afterwards before going to bed and heading home on Sunday.
“It was good,” Vogrich summed up his trip. “I liked it a lot.”