Aquinas' Bronson Koenig gives Wisconsin his verbal commitment

2011-09-25T01:00:00Z 2011-09-25T08:17:58Z Aquinas' Bronson Koenig gives Wisconsin his verbal commitmentBy TODD SOMMERFELDT | La Crosse Tribune

Bronson Koenig will be a Wisconsin Badger. The college basketball recruiting storm that had the 6-foot-2 point guard from Aquinas High School at the center of it, came to an end with Koenig opting to stay close to home as he takes the next step in his career.

Koenig, an AP All-State first-teamer as a sophomore, chose Wisconsin over scholarship offers from North Carolina, Duke, Kansas, Virginia and others in a decision that was first reported on

“That was probably one of the toughest things I’ve had to do,” Koenig said. “It’s hard to turn down your dream school, which for me is North Carolina.”

He made his decision official in a conversation with Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan while attending the Badgers’ football game on Saturday afternoon in Madison.

“I really trust the entire coaching staff,” Koenig said. “And me and coach Ryan have to gotten to know each other really well over the last couple of weeks.”

Koenig, a two-year starter, narrowed his choice to Wisconsin and North Carolina a few weeks ago and decided in the last week that Wisconsin was the right place for him.

He averaged 17 points per game in leading the Blugolds (27-1) to the WIAA Division 3 state championship in March.

“I liked a lot of things about Wisconsin,” Koenig said. “I like the challenge of bringing Wisconsin a national championship which hasn’t happened (since 1941).”

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