TOC Spotlight: Bronson Koenig

RALEIGH, N.C. – When Roy Williams visited Bronson Koenig in La Crosse, Wisconsin last fall, he mentioned a clear comparison for the class of 2013 guard.

"Kirk Hinrich, when he played for Kansas," Koenig said of the Atlanta Hawks guard and seventh pick of the 2003 NBA Draft. "He showed me a little bit of tape of when he (Hinrich) was at Kansas and said I could run either of three guard spots."

Ritchie Davis, head coach of Koenig's Wisconsin Playground Warriors team, said the comparison is fair.

"I think Kirk Hinrich back at that age was a little bit more athletic than Bronson is right now" he explained. "They're very, very similar with skill sets. He's heard that from a couple of people and that's just something that sticks with him. He even has some video of Hinrich from back in the day – he just rolls with it."

Koenig said Wisconsin, North Carolina and Kansas are him recruiting him the hardest. The 6-foot-2 guard was the first member of the class of 2013 to receive a scholarship offer from UNC.

"I really like all the schools the same right now," he said. "I feel comfortable there and I like the coaching staffs."

Koenig said he liked "everything" about Carolina and that its history of recruiting great players was a plus.

"Just the program and general and the people they're recruiting like McDonald's All-Americans (is appealing)," he said. "The coaches, the facilities, it's just North Carolina I guess."

Koenig finished with 13 points on 4-of-13 (3-7 3pt, 2-3 FT) from the field, three rebounds, three assists, one steal and four turnovers in the Warriors' opening-game loss at the 2011 Tournament of Champions.

"I try to bring leadership and distribute the basketball," he said. "And score when they need me to score."

Added Davis: "He would do anything to not be in the spotlight. He wants to just be one of the guys. He thinks "we" first and not "me." Watching Bronson tonight, I think people probably looked at it and wondered a little bit. One thing you saw earlier, no matter how we played, boy that jump shot is good isn't it?"

Though he played exclusively at point guard, all three of Koenig's three-point field goals came after spotting up and getting the ball in his sweet spot. It's that versatility – among other things – that intrigues Williams and his staff.

"Wisconsin wants me as a point guard, but Roy Williams said I could play either the point guard 2-guard or 3-guard," he said. "I'm looking for a program that can go the NCAA National Championship – because I just like to win."

Koenig said he has no visits scheduled during the summer and hopes to make his collegiate decision sometime in the spring of 2012.

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