Former Wisconsin Badger point guard Bronson Koenig is jumping into a potential championship run with a pro basketball team in Mexico, the LaCrosse Tribune reports.
Koenig, who also joined the Milwaukee Bucks on a summer league contract after graduating from UW, had been playing professionally in Montenegro until he left that team in December. He was officially released on Friday and got the call Sunday that he’d gotten an offer from Zacatecas City Mineros, which competes in the Liga Nacional Baloncesto Profesional (LNBP), Mexico’s top professional league.
The Mineros are already in the quarterfinals of the postseason playoffs, apparently bringing Koenig in for his sharp-shooting ability to help them through to the championship.
Koenig is no stranger to high-stakes playoff games, playing in four NCAA tournaments, two Final Fours and one championship game, not to mention winning two state titles with LaCrosse Aquinas.
He also hit a buzzer-beating 3-pointer in the 2016 tournament to beat Xavier and send the Badgers to the Sweet Sixteen, later tweeting that the win was “for all my Natives out there.”
Koenig has become known as an outspoken advocate for Native Americans as well as other communities of color, even begin featured along with Nigel Hayes and Jordan Hill by the New York Times as part of the “most political locker room.” Koenig also headed to Standing Rock to support the water protectors there.