Heels Among Koenig's Favorites

LAWRENCE, Kan. --- For a high school sophomore tucked away at Aquinas High School in La Crosse, Wis., on the Wisconsin/Minnesota border, Bronson Koenig has drawn a large number of admirers.

The 6-2 combo guard is one of the more promising backcourt scorers in the Class of 2013, and he's now beginning to receive national exposure touring with the Wisconsin Playground Warriors program, that same one that helped bring North Carolina commitment J.P. Tokoto to attention.

Koenig is an excellent jump shooter who comfortably works off curl screens to get open looks, and he also can create step-back shots off the dribble. His handling is strong for a natural wing guard, and down the road he conceivably could move to the point.

Along with increasing college attention, high school opponents are keying in on him as well.

"I think this past high school season really helped me," Koenig said, "because I would see box-and-ones and things like that. It's helping me improve."

Koenig also is making an adjustment to elevated competition on the travel circuit. While he primarily plays with the 16-under team, he moonlighted with the 17-unders for one game at the Jayhawk Invitational. Though statistically he didn't enjoy his finest outing during his first stint with the older group, he has developed excellent chemistry with his 16-under teammates and closed the weekend strongly, leading his team to the title game.

As one would expect, high-major programs already are on his trail and, at this juncture, three schools stand out.

"Wisconsin, North Carolina and Kansas, those are the main ones right now," Koenig said. "I have offers from Wisconsin, UNC, Marquette and Virginia."

By the end of the weekend, the Jayhawks had extended an offer as well.

But most surprising inclusion on that list of scholarship offers was that of the Tar Heels. Reluctant in recent years to offer players at such an early stage, Koenig became one of two class of 2013 prospects — national No. 1 prospect Julius Randle being the other — to receive an invitation to matriculate in Chapel Hill.

"Coach Williams talked to me and my mom and just said he couldn't wait like he usually does to offer me, so he went ahead and did it," Koenig said. "It definitely was a great honor."

Koenig added that he's in no rush to make a decision and that he'd like to wait at least until his junior season before deciding, although presently there's no set timetable.

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