Koenig Continues to Rise

One of the fastest risers in the Midwest, sophomore-to-be Bronson Koenig has added strength, aggressiveness, poise and confidence to his game. He's also added his second BCS offer, but Koenig isn't concerned with anything that isn't on the court.

WISCONSIN DELLS - He's not the biggest kid on the floor and he's certainly not the loudest. But over the rigorous AAU circuit, there are few players that have developed quicker than Bronson Koenig.

Once a little known freshman guard from La Crosse Aquinas, Koenig has racked up award after award on the AAU circuit with the Wisconsin Playground Warriors.

He's been named the most valuable player for his age division four times (the West Coast National Championships in Las Vegas; the Bob Gibbons' Tournament of Champions in North Carolina; the Wisconsin AAU State Tournament in Stoughton and the Hugh Roberts Original Wisconsin Ducks Classic in the Dells) and has twice been named to an all-tournament team.

More importantly than the awards, the production in his game has grown tenfold. Weeks away from his sophomore year, Koenig has added weight to his frame, allowing him to do more things than he could just a few weeks ago.

"I've gotten better at taking it to the rim and finishing," Koenig told Badger Nation. "I feel that my game has really improved, especially getting my shot off quicker and improving my passing."

At the Wisconsin Exposure Classic at Just A Game field house, Koenig added a new element to his game – speed. On drive to the rim or fast breaks down court, Koenig would simply fly by everybody in his wake, only to attract multiple defenders and then use his vision to find an open teammate.

"Sometimes I can surprise them," Koenig said. "When I get the ball in the open court, I just go. It helps me to get past people so I can finish or dish it off. I am sure it makes me harder to defend, so I can open lanes up for my teammates."

That character trait wasn't lost on Marquette Head Coach Buzz Williams, who attended the event on Thursday. After watching Koenig's 15U team cruise in pool play, Williams offered Koenig through Warriors Executive Director Ritchie Davis.

"It means a lot to me," Koenig said of the Golden Eagles' offer. "I really like Marquette. I haven't really thought about it that much. I've just been focused on this tournament."

But while Williams only stayed for one day, Wisconsin Head Coach Bo Ryan and his assistants have been courtside for the entire month. Last weekend in Vegas, Ryan saw every game but two. When he wasn't there, Associate Head Coach Greg Gard or Assistant Coach Howard Moore made sure to have a good view.

On Thursday and Friday, Ryan and Gard didn't miss any of Koenig's action.

"They've come to all my tournaments since they gave me the scholarship," Koenig said of the UW coaches. "That means a lot to me. That means that they really care about me."

Other schools are starting to take notice of Koenig, too. Also holding offers from Green Bay and Toledo, Koenig said he's getting increased interest from Arizona, Butler, Iowa State and Northern Iowa. All those schools should have plenty of time to recruit Koenig, who isn't planning on making a decision until next spring at the earliest.

"More schools are looking at me since Wisconsin offered me, but I am just playing harder and try to get better," Koenig said. "I'll take some time to decide. I just want to let my game improve and see what other opportunities I get."

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