After a quiet season, Bronson Koenig, Aquinas making noise

Published On: Mar 05 2013 06:57:19 PM CST   Updated On: Mar 05 2013 07:55:36 PM CST
Bronson Koenig Aquinas
LA CROSSE, Wis. -

Bronson Koenig has won dozens of awards. He committed to one of the most successful college programs in the country. He already won a state title. So what is he driven by this year?

"I'd have to say not playing the second half of last year and everyone forgetting about me in a way," Koenig said.

"With our run here late in the season, I think people are appreciating him and what he has done," Aquinas Head Coach Rick Schneider said. "I think early on in his career, people really appreciated him, it's like wow, he is really special. But I felt like when he got hurt, that appreciation kind of left for a while."

Last season, Koenig injured his thumb. Without him, Aquinas struggled. Koenig was forced to watch from the bench.

"Watching them struggle, it was really tough. You just wanted to be out there really bad and help them win," he said.

"I think it's motivated him, but I also think it's given him appreciation. You should enjoy every day when you're out there because you don't know when that injury's going to happen," Schneider said.

"Winning another state championship my last year of high school, I really want to go out a winner," Koenig added.

The spotlight is on Koenig now. He and the Blugolds can come home with a gold ball, on the court Koenig will call home as a Wisconsin Badger.

"That's obviously cool, that it will be my home for the next four years, getting an early start playing on it," Koenig said. "I'm pretty nervous already, but I think we'll do just fine if we prepare right."

"Let's hope so. I think he's earned that," Schneider said. "He deserves it. He deserves to be playing his last two games at the Kohl Center."