Vogt votes for NKU over UK

March 15, 2017 FieldsColumn

BY MIKE FIELDS

When Kentucky plays Northern Kentucky University in the first round of the NCAA tournament Friday night, there’ll be at least one TV viewer in Lexington rooting for the Norsemen to pull off an upset for the ages.

Chris Vogt

“I was a Kentucky fan growing up, but I’ve gotta cheer for NKU in this one,” Chris Vogt said.

Vogt, a 6-foot-11 senior who led Graves County to the Sweet Sixteen, signed with the NKU last fall. Vogt and his teammates lost to Bowling Green in the opening game of the state tournament on Wednesday, but they’ll stay in town the rest of the week.

That means Vogt will be looking for someplace to watch the UK-NKU game where he’s not surrounded by Big Blue fans.

“That’ll be tough, especially in Lexington,” he said with a smile.

Vogt, who averaged 16.8 points and 9.2 rebounds this season, had 8 points, 9 rebounds and 5 blocked shots in Graves County’s 68-51 loss to Bowling Green.

Now that his high school career is over, he’s looking forward to playing for NKU.

“They’ve got a pretty young team, so that’s exciting for me because I’ll be playing with a lot of those players,” he said.

Vogt is friends with NKU freshman Carson Williams, who was Mr. Basketball his senior year at Owen County.

Vogt and Williams were on the Kentucky Travelers’ summer teams two years ago.  “Carson was on the older team and I was on the younger team,” Vogt said, “but we practiced together and I have a pretty good relationship with him.”

Vogt also considered Ball State, Kent State and Samford, but he chose NKU primarily because Brannen.

“One of the biggest things they did in recruiting, Coach Brannen was calling me the most and talking to me instead of the assistant coaches,” Vogt said.