Hundreds of Kansas fans took in the action at the Jayhawk Invitational in the last week of April, all eager to get a glimpse at the many prospects in attendance being recruited by Head Coach Bill Self and his staff.
And though they might not have known the name of Bronson Koenig before the tournament, with a Kansas offer now firmly in his grasp it's a safe bet they do now.
Koenig, a 6-foot-3 point guard from La Cross (WI) Aquinas High School, helped lead the Wisconsin Playground Warriors to the brink of the event's 16U crown. Once play wrapped on the court, he took the short trip across town to Allen Fieldhouse, to check in with the coaches at the University of Kansas.
The Jayhawks have long been familiar with Koenig, said Warriors executive director Ritchie Davis. While actively recruiting 2012 prospect and fellow warrior J.P. Tokoto last season, they stumbled upon him almost by accident.
"At a July event they were there with many schools to watch JP play, and there was a game in between," Davis explained. "During that one open time slot where they didn't necessarily have anywhere to go, some of those coaches stuck around."
One such coach was Kansas assistant Joe Dooley, and it just so happened that Koenig was next up on the court. He put on a show, and suddenly Davis was inundated with inquiries about the 2013 talent.
Since then, the Kansas staff has kept in touch, traveling to Wisconsin to see him take part in open gyms last fall. While on the impromptu unofficial, Davis and Koenig spent some time with Self, during which he spoke to them about the program's tradition, the current team and, of course, Koenig himself.
"At that point he certainly let Bronson know that he'd like him to be a part of it," Davis said, of the offer. "Bronson was certainly excited."
Of course, the Kansas offer isn't the first for Koenig, who is already a hot commodity. Along with the Jayhawks, Wisconsin and North Carolina currently top his list, he also claims offers from Marquette and Virginia.
"He'll have a very difficult decision to make," Davis said. "We'll see how it goes forward, but (Kansas is) certainly in the mix."