I know Wisconsin Badgers head coach Bo Ryan is not a big fan of giving freshman significant playing time, but with star guard Bronson Koenig (La Crosse, WI/Aquinas) coming in next season it’s hard not to ignore his talent and not have him on the floor as much as possible.
Koenig is a favorite in many eyes to win the prestigious Mr. Basketball award in the state of Wisconsin. He helped lead his Aquinas team to a second place finish in the Mississippi Valley Conference, one game behind powerhouse Onalaska Hilltoppers.
Koenig is also a proven scorer, averaging just shy of 17 points per game during the regular season. But it’s not just scoring that he’s great at, he is also a tremendous ball handler and passer as well.
Like I said I know Bo Ryan does not like giving freshmen a ton of minutes, but with a high-caliber player like Koenig he might have to re-think his stance on that.
Will Koenig be named the starter for the first game? I don’t see that happening, but I do see Koenig coming off the bench possibly early and playing some quality minutes. Those minutes very well could increase as the season goes on and as Koenig matures more and more as a collegiate player and learns the ropes of playing ball at the next level.
Koenig has no problem playing in big games. In a showcase game against a very tough Dominican team and against Marquette Golden Eagles recruit Duane Wilson, Koenig scored 14 points in leading Aquinas to a 50-47 victory. Koenig also has Aquinas primed for a trip to the state championship as they are currently in the sectional semi-finals, just two victories away from Madison.
There’s no doubt that Koenig can play and come next season expect to see a lot of him on the Kohl Center floor for the Badgers.