Tony Cartagena covers the Wisconsin Badgers for ESPN Wisconsin
MADISON, Wis. – Bronson Koenig has a list of basketball related goals. Some are already checked off, many can be achieved in the very near future, others are more long term.
The biggest of the point guard’s goals involves a phone call from an NBA general manager next June, and signing a professional contract. He spent his entire summer working towards turning that goal into a realistic possibility.
During previous off-seasons, Koenig would head back home to relax and escape the chaos that is the Wisconsin Badgers’ campus life, recharging from a year’s worth of a busy student-athlete schedule. This past summer, instead, he flew West, hired two different trainers and pushed his body to peak limits on a daily basis.
That was just the first month.
His summer schedule consisted of an early alarm and morning lift at a local gym with celebrity trainer Corey Calliet. Then, a quick rest, and a trip to UCLA’s campus to workout with hoops training guru Mike Lee.
“Physically, he’s gotten a lot better,” Gard said. “You’ll notice the difference in terms of quickness level, speed with ball and quickness with the shot. He’s become much more consistent.”
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