Winning a state basketball championship is great in itself. Winning two state championships in your four years of playing high school basketball is absolutely great. Winning two state championships AND being named the Wisconsin Player of the Year by the Associated Press? Somebody should pinch you because that would be a dream.
For Wisconsin Badgers signee Bronson Koenig (La Crosse, Wis./Aquinas), it is in fact reality. Koenig was handed the keys of the Aquinas basketball team as a freshman and has never looked back.
The AP award, which is voted on from members of the media in the state, is separate from being named Mr. Basketball, which is voted on by the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association. Koenig was also very much in the running for Wisconsin’s Mr. Basketball.
Koenig helped lead Aquinas to the Division 3 state championship back in 2011 as a sophomore and again this season as well. The four-star point guard has performed at a high level all year long, never turning his engine off during a game. He is ranked in the top 75 overall recruits nationally by both Rivals (73) and 247 Sports (70).
Badgers head coach Bo Ryan will be getting a point guard next season that is ready to play at the next level. Obviously with being a freshman, there will be some growing pains, but Koenig should fit in nicely to Ryan’s offense. Last month, I wrote that Koenig will make an immediate impact for the Badgers and winning player of the year solidifies that statement. If you don’t believe me, just look at how Sam Dekker, both Mr. Basketball and AP player of the year one year ago, has been playing for Bo Ryan his freshman season.
This is just the tip of the iceberg for Koenig as he looks to have plenty of success for the Badgers in the next four years. Be prepared to hear and see plenty of the highly-touted point guard at the next level.