According to post from Wisconsin’s official Twitter account, former Wisconsin guard Bronson Koenig has found a landing spot in the NBA. The report indicates that Koenig has signed a free agent deal with the Milwaukee Bucks and will get a shot in this year’s NBA Summer League.
Koenig spent four years in Madison as a college player for the Wisconsin Badgers. He averaged 9.9 points, 2.0 rebounds, and 2.0 assists per game during his career and 14.5 points, 2.1 rebounds, and 2.0 assists per game as a senior. Notably, he earned KenPom in-game MVP honors five times during the 2016-’17 season.
While Koenig was on the roster, Wisconsin went through arguably the most decorated four-year period in the school’s history. The Badgers posted a 115-35 (.767) overall record and had an incredible NCAA Tournament run. Wisconsin not only went to four straight NCAA Tournaments, but four Sweet 16s and two Final Fours.
If Koenig is going to make an NBA roster, it’s going to come from his combination of perimeter shooting and quality passing. He was stellar in both as a Badger and will hope to show both at the next level. Admittedly, Koenig won’t get as many easy looks without players like Ethan Happ and Frank Kaminsky down low, but those are skills that generally translate to the next level.
However, Koenig will also have his challenges. To start, he does not boast the athleticism of many other NBA guards and has little to offer on the boards. He’s also not an immensely strong prospect and will have trouble staying in front of NBA guards. Koenig has the capability to make a roster, but it will take some luck.
The NBA Summer League play begins on July 7, 2017.