La Crosse Aquinas grad Bronson Koenig hosts basketball camp in hometown

Bronson Koenig, former University of Wisconsin and Aquinas High School basketball star, leads young players through a drill in July during his Bronson Koenig Shooting Academy at the Mathy Center Boys & Girls Club at Viterbo University.

Peter Thomson, La Crosse Tribune

The Milwaukee Bucks officially waived guard Bronson Koenig on Thursday, but the news wasn’t unexpected or defeating to the Aquinas High School graduate.

Koenig said Thursday evening that he knew “for a couple of weeks” that the news was coming and that it isn’t a real setback on what he still hopes is a path to a playing career in the NBA.

“It doesn’t change anything for me,” Koenig said. “I have more freedom now with other teams being able to contact me.

“The only unfortunate part is that it was done so late because some teams that had interest have signed other players at my position.”

Koenig’s spirits weren’t dampened with the announcement. He spent most of Thursday in Milwaukee doing a photo shoot with Nike and N7, Nike’s brand geared toward its Native American consumers.

After that, he was driving to Madison for a Trevor Hall concert at the Barrymore Theater. Workouts will continue today for a likely upcoming season with the Wisconsin Herd, Milwaukee’s G League affiliate in Oshkosh, Wis.

Koenig was on a two-way contract with the Bucks, which was a combination contract between the NBA and G League teams. The next move could end up being a G League contract with the Herd.

Koenig, who signed his two-way contract in July, said the team told him that it wanted to fill its two two-way contracts with players ready to step on the NBA floor immediately.

Utah State’s Jalen Moore was Milwaukee’s other two-way contract, but he was released on Sept. 10, leaving the Bucks with two openings on their roster.

“There are a lot of rookies that aren’t able to contribute right off the bat, so I understand what they are doing,” said Koenig, who averaged 5.2 points in an average of 15.8 minutes during Milwaukee’s games in the NBA Summer League and has been working with the team since it ended. “If I don’t go to another (NBA) team, I can continue to develop in the G League.”

Koenig, 22, will spend 48 hours on the waiver wire before getting the chance to sign with any other team or the Herd. He said has chosen not to pursue international opportunities at this time.

The 6-foot-4 guard didn’t make the kind of splash he wanted to make in the Summer League, but he was also used out of position. Koenig wasn’t given the chance to play the point and was put more in the role of a spot-up shooter, and he didn’t get many opportunities to show what he believes are his strengths.

Milwaukee also signed 6-4 Kendall Marshall to a training camp contract on Thursday. Marshall played 160 NBA games with four teams since being drafted 13th overall by Phoenix in 2012.

Marshall averaged 4.2 points and 3.1 assists for the Bucks in 2014-2015.

Koenig averaged 9.9 points and made 270 3-pointers during his career with the Badgers. Before that, he helped Aquinas advance to — and win in 2011 and 2013 — the WIAA Division 3 state tournament twice. He was The Associated Press Player of the Year as a senior.

“My playing focus hasn’t changed at all,” Koenig said. “Whether it’s the Herd or another team, this doesn’t change what I’m trying to do.”


Photos: Bronson Koenig hosts basketball camp in La Crosse this summer

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