Sept. 12, 2012
Guard Matt Vogrich, a three-time U-M Athletic Academic Achievement award winner and two-time Academic All-Big Ten recipient, won the U-M men's basketball Sixth Man Award last season and is entering his final year in the prestigious Stephen M. Ross School of Business.
In a one-on-one interview with MGoBlue.com, Vogrich discussed his offseason preparations, goals for the season, and how his role has changed on the team now that he is a senior.
On his thoughts regarding the upcoming season ..."We are just excited to get started. We have a lot of talent and we think the sky's the limit. We have potential and are excited to make another run at the Big Ten championship."
On preparations he has taken in the offseason to make the next step as a player ... "Just working a lot on ballhandling. Coach told Tim (Hardaway Jr.) and me to work a ton on that since Stu (Douglass) and Zack (Novak) are both leaving and played a lot on the backcourt for us. So just working a lot on our handle and coming off ball screens so I can handle the ball a little more in order to help Trey (Burke) in the backcourt."
On using his experiences to mentor the incoming freshmen ... "It's a big factor. It's going to help me a lot, being a senior and having appeared in a lot of games and going through a lot of ups and downs. Tim (Hardaway Jr.), Trey (Burke), Josh (Bartelstein), myself, as well as all the seniors, have been talking to the freshmen, mentoring them, helping them. They have a ton of talent so it's just about getting them situated for the rigors of college basketball and playing in the Big Ten."
On his role changing on the team ... "It's just different without Zack (Novak) and Stu (Douglass) here. They were doing all the talking. They were great leaders. Now we have to move on without them. A bunch of guys are stepping up and being leaders. I think it's more of a leadership committee now, all the seniors, Trey (Burke), Tim (Hardaway Jr.), etc. Everyone's talking. It's exciting and we're ready to go."
On his goals for the season ... "My team goal is to try to win another Big Ten championship. Personally, I want to get my three-point percentage above 40. I've been shooting a ton whenever I get the chance. I had a disappointing year three-point shooting-wise from my standards. I am trying to do whatever I can to make sure that this team can count on me."
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