Wisconsin Basketball 2015 Preview: Guards

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Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

Starting Point Guard

Bronson Koenig: 6-4, 190-pound junior from La Crosse, Wisconsin

Career averages: 6.2 points, 1.8 assists, 1.5 rebounds, .7 turnovers in 22.4 minutes per game.

2014-15 averages: 8.7 points, 2.5 assists, 1.8 rebounds, .8 turnovers in 28.8 minutes per game.

No surprises here as Bronson Koenig will run the point from day one, and is projected to be one of the Big Ten’s better players.

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After playing in mostly a reserve role as a freshman and at the beginning of his sophomore season, Koenig was thrust into action when Traevon Jackson was injured midway through the 2014-15 season.

Koenig went from the first man off the bench to the primary ball handler in the Badgers offense, and went on to have a great season, amassing nearly a 3-1 assist to turnover ratio (98-33) and scoring more points than anyone on the team outside of Frank Kaminsky, Sam Dekker and Nigel Hayes.

With Hayes, Koenig is one of two returning starters this season, and will be looked upon to lead as one of the more experienced players on the team. The junior has played in 77 games over the course of his two years on campus, and is one of only two returning guards who saw regular playing time in 2014-15.

Koenig’s preference as a point guard is as a shooter as opposed to the penetrating style of Traevon Jackson, the guy he replaces. Koenig has a career .382 shooting percentage from the three-point line, a number he raised after shooting.405 from the three-point arc in the 2014-15 season.

He is a career .422 percentage shooter from the field and holds a career .805 percentage from the free throw line. With a team that features many newcomers this year, Koenig’s shooting prowess will go a long way when the team needs a big basket late in the game.

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