Bronson Koenig didn’t think too much about attending an Advanced Instruction basketball camp offered at the University of Wisconsin on Monday and Tuesday.
He figured he’d show up, learn a few things, play some hoops, head home and wait for the AAU season to pick up again in July.
But on the drive home Tuesday afternoon, Koenig received an unexpected phone call from Wisconsin Playground Warriors coach Ritchie Davis.
“He said I was supposed to call (Wisconsin coach) Bo Ryan,” said the 6-foot-1 point guard who will be a sophomore at Aquinas High School in the fall.
What Koenig found out after dialing Ryan’s number is that he has a scholarship offer to be a Badger in the fall of 2013.
“I was amazed, excited, couldn’t believe it was happening,” Koenig said. “I thought maybe it might happen next year or something, but not now.”
Koenig’s spring season with the Playground Warriors has turned heads all over the country, and that is what made Ryan join UW-Green Bay and Toledo in giving him an option to play at the highest college level.
“Since our season ended, he has just exploded,” Aquinas coach Rick Schneider said of Koenig. “He’s playing at an extremely high level right now, and it doesn’t matter who he’s on the court with. It’s amazing to me, and this shows where he stands among other players his age.”
He averaged 14.7 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game as a season-long starter for the Blugolds, who went 13-12 and advanced to the WIAA Division 3 sectional semifinals. That team returns almost fully intact next season.
Koenig has emphasized his quickness and power in getting through the lane and finishing at the basket with the Playground Warriors, who have played tournaments in Wisconsin, Virginia, Arkansas, Indiana and North Carolina since March.
“I didn’t talk to coach Ryan, but I talked to (assistant) coach (Greg) Gard,” Schneider said. “They like the whole package with Bronson.
“They like the fact that he can score, they say he has great ball-handling skills, and they like the way he can run a team.”