Bronson Koenig is in the middle of a very quick — but important — step in his basketball life.
For a couple of days, he’ll set aside the NBA contract he signed with the Milwaukee Bucks and look closer at the kinds of things that allowed him to sign it.
Basketball camps were life for Koenig when he was younger, and he traveled the country to participate in them.
Wednesday and today are about sharing what he knows in his hometown with kids from all over the state.
Despite a busy life getting ready for a rookie training camp that begins in September, Koenig arrived in La Crosse on Tuesday night to spend four 3-hour sessions — two each day — with campers who signed up for the Bronson Koenig Shooting Academy at the Amie L. Mathy Center on the Viterbo University campus.
“I’ve worked with kids before, mostly in the Native American community, but I’m happy working with kids in general, especially hometown kids,” Koenig said after Wednesday’s second session. “It’s nice to get them in the gym, give them this opportunity and let them pick my brain a little bit.”
The significance of the moment wasn’t lost on the former Aquinas High School star, who led the Blugolds to two WIAA Division 3 state championships before helping Wisconsin to four NCAA Tournaments — two of which ended in the Final Four and one in the national championship game.
“It was very important to have (a camp) in La Crosse,” said Koenig, who said he’d probably head back to Madison after today’s 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. sessions. “It gave me a chance to come home, which I rarely get to do with my schedule, and it gave me a chance to see the kids here and work with them, hopefully teach them something.”