Ho-Chunk Bronson Koenig – Number 24 – in Wisconsin Badger team huddle
“The entire Ho-Chunk Nation is excited for him” – President Jon Greendeer, Ho-Chunk Nation
ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA — Ho-Chunk Nation’s pride, Bronson Koenig, will be at the “big dance” tonight as his team, the two-seeded Wisconsin Badgers play against the Baylor Bears in the Sweet Sixteen in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California.
The game will be televised tonight, Thursday, March 27, 2014, on TBS at 7:37 p.m. – EDT. Check your local listings for channel information.
Koenig is a 6’3” freshman who plays guard (No.24) for the Wisconsin Badger team, which is in its 15th consecutive NCAA men’s basketball tournament.
He has seen 19 minutes of play in each of the first two March Madness NCAA tournament games last week.
Born in La Crosse, Wisconsin, he is the son of Paul Koenig and Ethel Funmaker. The Funmaker family has a prominent name among the Ho-Chunk Nation, based in Black River Falls, Wisconsin.
The young freshman appeared in 10 games during the regular season where he averaged 16.2 minutes per game, the most of any of the Badger’s reserves. During the season, he averaged 3.5 points per game and 1.6 rebounds per game off the bench.
Koenig, who is majoring in Community and Non-profit Leadership at Wisconsin, is viewed as a good role model within his tribe because of his scholastic and athletic success.
Koenig seeing action earlier in season
“The entire Ho-Chunk Nation has been following the tournament and is really excited for him and the team’s success. We see him as a positive role model for our tribal members and all Badger fans,” commented Ho-Chunk Nation President Jon Greendeer to the Native News Online.
“His playing time has increased with each game which is what you want to see from a young talent, especially a freshman. We can’t wait to see Bronson and the Badgers whoop up on Baylor for tonight’s Sweet 16 matchup. On Wisconsin!” continued President Greendeer.