Koenig Moving Up Timetable

The recruitment of Bronson Koenig is close to its conclusion.

Koenig has narrowed his list to a final four – Duke, North Carolina, Virginia and Wisconsin.

"I'm trying to make my decision before basketball season starts, in the next month or two," the junior said. "It's just going to come down to where I feel most comfortable. I think when I'm at the school, I'll just have that feeling."

Koenig attended Wisconsin's home football game on Sept. 1 against UNLV. While it wasn't a full-blown unofficial visit, he did chat briefly with Badgers head coach Bo Ryan. He also met up with 2012 Wisconsin commit Sam Dekker – who runs with Koenig's Wisconsin Playground Warriors AAU team along with UNC commit J.P. Tokoto – and some of the Badgers' current players.

A native of La Crosse, Wisc., Koenig lives just 132 miles from Wisconsin's campus. He admits he is receiving some pressure to stay close to home.

"Wisconsin is leading the way right now," he explained. "But whenever I talk to my mom, my coach and just coaches in general, they just tell me not to let anyone make my decision for me. They tell me to make it when I'm ready and that's what I'm going to do… when I know for sure I'm going to make my decision."

Considered by many to be among the best shooters in the country, Koenig was the first player in his class to receive a scholarship offer from Roy Williams and the Tar Heels. He's established a strong relationship with Williams, and the two talk often.

"I called him just last night," said Koenig, a 6-foot-2 guard. "I also talked to him for a while last week. We talk about a lot of stuff, mainly how I fit in with the team and how he has a plan for me. He tells me how I'd be really good playing in their offense and with the players they have – they're going to win. They know that winning is important to me."

Koenig originally planned to visit his other three finalists during one trip, but his mother won't be able to attend the visits, putting the trip in a state of flux.

"Since my mom can't come, my coach said he would go with me," Koenig said. "The (UNC coaches) originally wanted me to come for Late Night with Roy, but I wanted to make my visit earlier than that."

With coaches able to visit prospects over a four-week span starting Sept. 9, Williams and his staff are expected to head to Wisconsin this weekend.

"I think UNC is coming up on Sept. 11 so they can watch me play in open gym," said Koenig. "Coach Williams compares me a lot to Kirk Hinrich, how he played the "1", "2" and "3". I could see myself fitting in really well at UNC.

"I feel comfortable with the coaches there and I trust them too – that's a definitely big part of it."

Koenig holds offers from his four finalists, as well as Kansas and Marquette.

Discussions by fans and reporters associated with each of his finalists have surrounded the seeming disconnect between Koenig's scholarship offers and his rankings across various recruiting services. Scout.com ranks Koenig the No. 18 shooting guard in the 2013 class and No. 76 overall.

"I follow the rankings a little and -- I'm not gonna lie – they do bother me some," Koenig said. "I see some of the guys that are way ahead of me and I'm like ‘Are you kidding me?' because I know I'm better than some of those guys."

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