Chris Vogt has been a man on the move lately. But Thursday, he got to stop and visit a place where much of his basketball career was spent.
A week after announcing he was transferring from Northern Kentucky University to the University of Cincinnati, the 7-foot-1 Vogt was back in the Eagles’ Nest as a guest at Graves County’s boys’ basketball camp.
Like he did during his playing days at Graves County, Vogt manned various stations with coaches and current players to oversee lay-ups and passing drills. Later, Vogt showed off his Horizon League championship ring, which he earned this past season at NKU, and talked to the campers.
“It’s good to always come back and see my hometown and alma mater,” he said.
Vogt, who graduated from Graves County in 2017, signed to play at NKU under head coach John Brannen. During his two years with the Norse, he scored 172 points, grabbed 138 rebounds and recorded 46 blocks.
Following the team’s loss to Texas Tech in the NCAA Basketball Tournament in March and the departure of former Murray State head coach Mick Cronin from the University of Cincinnati to UCLA, Brannen crossed the Ohio River when he was hired to coach the Bearcats.
Northern Kentucky would eventually hire former Western Kentucky head coach Darrin Horn, but Vogt saw the opportunity where he could remain with his former coach and move from the Horizon League to the American Athletic Conference, which features schools such as Houston, Tulane, UConn and Memphis.
“I never really thought of myself being one to transfer. I was always happy at NKU. I wasn’t planning on it and it was something that just kind of happened,” Vogt said. “It was a great opportunity to kind of take a step up and follow coach who’s coached me the past two years, so I already know the system, I already know his coaching style. It was just the best fit for me.”
From the vantage point of Eagle coach Josh Frick, the opportunities Vogt has experienced are a result of the work he’s continually put into his game.
“Right away, he made an impact,” Frick said. “I couldn’t be happier for him. He’s definitely put in the work and deserves all the success he’s had.”
Vogt, who was the Purchase Player of the Year his senior season, already has his name etched in the KHSAA record books for most blocks in a single game (17 vs. Webster County), season (190) and career (330).
At Thursday’s camp, he made an additional mark with the numerous campers who craned their necks to look up to the former Eagle.
“I know they were excited to have him come to camp,” Frick added. “It’s a great opportunity to show these young guys that if I work hard, then I can be successful in basketball as well.”