Bronson Koenig wasn't drafted Thursday, but his path to the NBA has become a bit clearer.
The La Crosse native is expected to sign a two-way contract with the Milwaukee Bucks on July 1, the La Crosse Tribune reported. He'll likely spend most of his time with the franchise's new G-League team, the Wisconsin Herd, but will be a phone call away from the NBA roster.
Koenig posted a Instagram photo of himself in a Bucks uniform Friday afternoon and said "the work has just begun." The Wisconsin men's basketball Twitter account reported Koenig has signed with the Bucks.
In college, Koenig helped the Wisconsin Badgers reach the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament all four years. He also played in two Final Fours and the national championship game in 2015.
In high school, Koenig helped the La Crosse Aquinas Blugolds win state titles in 2011 and 2013.
"It's exciting for all of us," former Aquinas head basketball coach Rick Schneider said. "It's fun he's in the state. Gives more people an opportunity to stay in contact."
Schneider also complemented Koenig on his work ethic, something Koenig eluded to heavily in a letter he wrote on draft day asking for league general managers to consider him.
S/o the lax native @BronsonK_24 on becoming a buck. Keep being an inspiration to young kids bro. Happy for you ?????— Bailey Kale (@Bailey_Kale_23) June 23, 2017