Over a four-year college basketball career, Ho-Chunk point guard Bronson Koenig became one of the most decorated players in Wisconsin Badgers basketball history. In his college career, he made two Final Four appearances, one National Championship Game appearance, and made the Sweet 16 every season. Bronson Koenig was also named to the Third-Team All-Big Ten as a junior and was a Second-Team selection as a senior.
Because he was injured, Bronson Koenig does not look like he will be selected in either of the first two rounds of the NBA Draft for 2017.
Though he wasn’t invited to the NBA combine doesn’t mean he won’t find a place in the league.
The Ho-Chunk basketball star who left a lasting legacy at the University of Wisconsin was invited to complete pre-draft workouts for multiple NBA teams, most recently the Los Angeles Clippers on June 12 and the Houston Rockets two days later.
He’ll also receive workouts from the Los Angeles Lakers and Golden State Warriors, Basketball Insider’s Michael Scotto has tweeted. Some analysts project Koenig as a possible second round pick as opposed to being undrafted.
“I have a lot of confidence in myself,” Koenig told Woelfel’s Pressbox in May. “I definitely believe I not only can play in the NBA, but I can help a team win. Ultimately it’s all about winning and I’ve done that my whole life.”
Koenig is the Badgers’ all-time leader in three-pointers made (270) and accumulated the ninth-most points in Wisconsin history (1,459). The 6-foot-4 guard hopes to showcase his passing ability to NBA teams looking for depth.
“I really love passing,” he told Woelfel’s Pressbox in May. “I wasn’t able to show my passing skills as much as I would have liked in college. But in high school, I had a reputation of being a passer, of being the best passer in the state.
“I still have that part of my game in me and I want to show them that.”
Koenig says he’s been studying film on former NBA point guards Jason Kidd, Pete Maravich and Steve Nash to improve his own abilities.
“I loved how they played, how they dribbled and how they put their teammates in position to score,” Koenig told Woelfel’s Pressbox. “To me, putting my teammates in a position to score makes me feel just as good or better than making a play and scoring myself.”
On May 18, Koenig — a La Crosse, Wisconsin native — was injured while working out for the Milwaukee Bucks.
“I thought I was doing really well until I rolled my ankle a little bit,” Koenig told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “It’s definitely frustrating, as is any injury, but I’ve been blessed my whole career to be pretty injury-free. Especially it being my first workout it’s more frustrating, but I was playing well. Hopefully I proved myself a little bit to everybody and showed what I could do a little bit.”
Bronson Koenig has already started up his own shooting development camp after launching bkoenig.com. He’ll host one on June 27-28 in Wisconsin for 3rd through 12th graders. But he’s still got his eye on the NBA.
“Just have to use [my injury] as motivation to work harder,” he told the Journal Sentinel.
Cary Rosenbaum (Colville Confederated Tribes) is a correspondent for Indian Country Media Network. Follow him on Twitter: @caryrosenbaum