Another Wisconsin Badgers produt is sitting firmly in the NBA. Bronson Koenig, who spent the first weeks of summer practicing with the Milwaukee Bucks after going undrafted, officially signed his contract on Thursday.
The deal is a two-way contract with the Bucks, meaning Koenig will also see time with G League affiliate Wisconsin Herd this season. According to NBA rules, each team has to have two two-way players on top of the regular 15-man roster. Koenig was the first added to the Bucks. He can play with Milwaukee for up to 45 days outside of the Herd’s season.
The Badgers’ all-time three-point leader expressed his excitement for his upcoming time with the Bucks and Herd.
“It means a lot, it means everything—staying in my home state of Wisconsin and having a bunch of fans. I know people in Oshkosh are excited,” Koenig said in a video statement. “Obviously this whole state of Wisconsin is really excited for the Bucks’ future and everything like that. It’s a great opportunity and I’m really fortunate to be able to be the first player with the two-way contract.”
Virginia Commonwealth rookie JeQuan Lewis also joined the Bucks on Thursday as a free agent. The 6’0 guard received All-Atlantic 10 first-team and All-Atlantic 10 Tournament honors during his senior season. Both Koenig and Lewis will compete for the Bucks’ entry in the MGM Resorts NBA Summer League in Las Vegas.
Fellow Badger Nigel Hayes also signed a summer contract with the New York Knicks and has been suiting up at No. 20. Hopefully we’ll see him land a more permanent place in the NBA soon.
Koenig will suit up Friday for summer games for the Bucks and will play in the summer league tournament that wraps up in mid-July. Once the Herd starts rolling with practices, Koenig will see playing time for the new team at the Oshkosh Arena. The inaugural season will kick off in November, and fans can purchase season tickets starting at a pretty reasonable $192.