Posted on: September 14, 2011 12:05 pm

Bronson Koenig ready to choose UNC or Wisconsin

By Jeff Borzello

Bronson Koenig just began his junior year of high school, but he’s ready to make a college decision.

“In the next two or three weeks,” Koenig said.

The 6-foot-2 point guard from Aquinas (Wisc.) received plenty of attention early in his high school career, garnering offers from several big-name schools before his sophomore season.

Now, though, he has trimmed his list to two: North Carolina and Wisconsin.

“They’ve been recruiting me basically from the start and I feel comfortable with both of them,” Koenig said. “I can see myself fitting in with either one.”

Virginia and Duke were left off his final two, while Kansas and Marquette didn’t make the cut either.

Since it’s so early in the process, it’s interesting that Koenig is ready to get it over with already.

“I’m just feeling quite a bit of pressure lately and I feel like if I commit, I can just not worry about it anymore and focus on my game more,” he said.

Before he decides, he plans on taking another unofficial visit to Wisconsin. Koenig also wants to check out North Carolina again, but his mother just had foot surgery so he is not sure if he will able to get to Chapel Hill.

Right now the two schools are equal.

“Comfort level with the school, trust with the coaches,” Koenig said when asked what would be the factors in his decision. “I’ll just be able to feel it.”

Whichever school he chooses will be getting one of the best shooters in the class. Koenig has tremendous range on his 3-point jumper, and has an ability to get his shot off against any defender. He is not explosive or extremely quick, but he has good ball-handling ability and the confidence to run a team.

Koenig ranks No. 45 in CBSSports.com’s Top 100.

Photo: Lacrosse Tribune

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Posted on: June 29, 2011 11:28 am
Edited on: June 29, 2011 11:57 am

Stock is on the rise for Adam Woodbury


By Jeff Borzello

Every year at the NBPA Top 100 camp in mid-June, a player breaks out. He usually goes from being a borderline top-100 player to a must-get prospect for many colleges.

This year, that player was undoubtedly Adam Woodbury.

The 6-foot-11 center from East High School (Iowa) won the MVP award at the camp, dominating all week with his unstoppable lefty jump hook. He can pass out of the post and knows how to finish around the rim. Woodbury was slowly rising up the charts all spring, but his performance in Virginia put him over the top.

“I felt I held my own against the top talent in the nation,” Woodbury said Tuesday. “That award gave me more confidence, and I feel this showed a lot of people what I’m capable of.”

Before the camp, he held offers from Iowa, Minnesota, Stanford and Ohio State, with some interest coming from North Carolina, Kansas, Florida and Wisconsin.

Since then, he has definitely seen an uptick in the colleges pursuing him.

“My recruiting has definitely picked up,” Woodbury said. “Wisconsin has offered me. I have heard from North Carolina, Duke, Kansas, Florida and Texas recently.”

Woodbury, who holds a 3.9 GPA, has a few factors that will impact his college decision.

“Style of play, coaches, the educational aspect,” he said. “A college that puts me in a place I can succeed.”

It will be interesting to see if Woodbury continues his stellar play during the July live period.

For now, though, he is trying to stay humble and get better as his recruitment rises.

“It’s definitely an honor,” hes said. “I’m excited to keep working hard and to continue to improve.”

Photo: Sioux City Journal

Posted on: June 16, 2011 9:45 am
Edited on: June 16, 2011 10:03 am

Big summer ahead for Geno Thorpe


By Jeff Borzello

Geno Thorpe is still looking for the right fit.

After starting his high-school career at Shady Side Academy (Pa.), the Pittsburgh native headed to the Shaler Area School (Pa.) for his sophomore campaign. Now, he plans on making another move – to New Jersey.

“St. Patrick or Blair Academy,” Thorpe said, before adding that he would return to Shaler if “things don’t work out with the Jersey schools.”

While some people might frown upon a player changing high schools so often, Thorpe doesn’t see the big deal.

“People have to do what they have to do to get where they want to get in life,” he said. “Kids transfer so much now, it’s almost like it’s an every year thing. But I think doing what’s best for yourself is the most important thing.”

Thorpe, a 6-foot-3 point guard who runs with the NJ Playaz on the AAU circuit, is starting to advance his recruitment. It’s clear that the constant changing of high schools hasn’t scared away colleges.

He holds offers from Pittsburgh, Seton Hall and Rutgers, while Kansas State and Wisconsin could be close to offering Thorpe. Ohio State, Arizona and Temple are also squarely in the mix for the 2013 prospect.

Thorpe is planning to take visits to Kansas State and Wisconsin this month.

“I’m looking for a school that fits my style of play,” he said. “[One that] likes to run half-court sets, but at the same time can push the ball and get up the floor in transition.”

As a native of the Steel City, it has long been said that Pittsburgh would be the team to beat for Thorpe. He even stated in the past that the Panthers were his favorite. Now, he’s wide open.

“When I was younger, they were [my favorite],” Thorpe said. “That’s all I’d ever do, was root for Pitt. I guess I can see myself playing for teams other than Pitt, but I still like them a lot.”

Despite the impressive school list, it’s tough to find Thorpe in many national rankings. With the move to New Jersey on both the AAU and high school circuits, Thorpe is looking to expand his profile.

“I’m probably one of the top 10 point guards in the 2013 class,” he said. “I know some players are highly rated that I’ve already proved I’m better than, but, yeah, underrated is a good way to put it.”

Heading into the July live period, Thorpe has a point to prove -- no pun intended.

“It does motivate me a lot,” he said. “But at the same time, seeing a top point guard, I know who they are -- and they know who I am.”

Photo: Pittsburghlive.com 

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