leading Aquinnas High School to the Wisconsin State Basketball Championship
during his sophomore year in 2011, Bronson Koenig, Ho Chunk Nation,
was scouted by ACC powerhouses Duke and North Carolina.
But Koenig hes a La Crosse, Wisconsin native, and signed
with the University of Wisconsin Badgers last year.
It was almost surreal when [scouts and coaches] from teams
like North Carolina and Duke would come to my games and call me
all the time. It was flattering, Koenig told ICTMN. But
Ive always been a Badgers fan and its close to home.
Koenig was named 2013 Wisconsin Player of the Year during his
senior season in high school, averaging 17.0 points and 4.4 assists
per game. He led Aquinnas to its second state Division III title
within a three-year period.
The Badgers started off this season 16-0, the best start in
school history and they were ranked No. 3 in both the Associated
Press (AP) Poll and the USA Today/Coaches Poll.
However, they hit a bump. The Badgers lost five of six, including
a 59-58 loss to rival Ohio State, dropping to 17-5 before bouncing
back with wins over Illinois and No. 9 Michigan State.
Koenig, coming off the Badger, is averaging nearly 16 minutes
Its hard to get into a rhythm offensively. But its
something most freshmen have to go through, Koenig said. Especially
in this system, freshmen dont usually come in and start.
Hes been trying to make sure that he puts himself
in position, Coach Bo Ryan told Fox Sports. He can be
a very streaky shooter. His rotation is really good. I think he
hasnt looked to take bad shots. Thats for sure..."
"The coaches have been trying to get him to be a little more
aggressive (about) scoring. And his teammates have too. His teammates
have done a really great job of encouraging him to look for his shot,
Im a competitive person. I went back to the drawing
board and practiced and worked as hard as I could to get into the
(playing) rotation, Koenig said.