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Freshman Bronson Koenig Showed Why He’s the Future of the Wisconsin Badgers

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The Wisconsin Badgers have had some very good point guards come through the doors of the Kohl Center throughout the years. Right now is Traevon Jackson’s time to put his own stamp on the program. The future of the Badgers basketball program, however, lies in the hands of Bronson Koenig.

Providing a spark off the bench, Koenig has a nice shot and good ball handling skills that will only get better as the years go on. The La Crosse, WI native was asked to play in some big spots and answered the bell when his number was called.

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The stats may not show it, but Koenig improved as the year went on. He scored 10 points against Bowling Green in the early part of the season. He bested that in February against Iowa, scoring a then career-high 12 points. Koenig then went on to score what is now his career-high of 14 points against the Minnesota Golden Gophers in the Big Ten Tournament.

But it was the NCAA Tournament where Bronson garnered some more attention. Averaging 18.2 minutes a game, Koenig was an integral part in the Badgers advancing to the Final Four. And against the Kentucky Wildcats, he scored 11 points and provided a spark off the bench in the first half–helping Wisconsin hold a four point lead at halftime.

The experience Bronson Koenig gained his freshman year at Wisconsin will only help him, and this program, in the long run. It won’t be too long before Koenig is the one running the show for Bo Ryan.

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