Vogrich looking to expand role

Vogrich looking to expand role

Michigan guard Matt Vogrich is looking to have expanded role his senior season. Vogrich talks about his expectations going into his final season as a Wolverine on a team with an infusion of young talent.

It's no secret that senior guard Matt Vogrich is one of the best shooters on the Michigan basketball team.

A lifetime 35 percent three-point shooter, Vogrich is looking to expand his role going into his senior season.

"Coach talks with every guy at the end of the year and we kind of talk about what you need to work on," Vogrich told GoBlueWolverine.com. "Mine is a lot of ball handling and just so I can help Trey (Burke) in the backcourt. (To) play multiple positions and be adaptable for coach (John) Beilein to use in various spots on the court.

"I just don't want to be a shooter. The more things I can add to my game, the more useful I can be for coach Beilein for this team. Just everything I can do. Hustling has always been a part of my game, it's part of my DNA. I am never going to stop doing that. Whatever coach Beilein asks—I'm ready to go. I'm ready to do it."

With Michigan adding size to their frontcourt this season, Vogrich says the opportunities to shoot more are plentiful.

"If we play a too big lineup or a bigger lineup, we're excited about the rebounding chances we have," Vogrich explained. "Our big guys are working hard and we know they are going to go after every rebound. So more offensive rebounds we get and more defensive rebounds we get, the better chance we have to get more shots up and to get a win."

Last season, Vogrich helped guide the Wolverines to their first Big Ten Championship since 1985. He says the goals for his senior campaign hasn't change from years past.

"I think our expectations our just championships," Vogrich said, who has two NCAA appearances in his first three years at Michigan. "We got a lot of opportunities throughout the year. We start out in New York and then we go from there. Just (need to) grow everyday and maximize our potential and be champions."

If the Maize & Blue expect to defend their Big Ten Title, Vogrich says it won't be easy go through what many consider the toughest conference the country.

"The Big Ten is a amazing conference and we're just excited to be a part of it," Vogrich said. "Twelve great teams and everybody is going to be battling every single night. Road games are challenging in the Big Ten, no matter where you're at. It will be exciting."

Mitch McGary and Glen Robinson III headline the incoming freshman class that has many media experts picking the Wolverines as a preseason top-10 team. Vogrich said he has seen similar amounts of talent at Michigan in previous seasons. He says the Wolverines will go as far as the leadership takes them.

"I think we have had similar amounts of talent all four years. I think the X-factors and what comes into that talent, is what makes that team a tournament team or not a tournament team. So it has a lot to do with leadership and how guys buy in, and the level of community you have."

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