Beyond the Game: Reid Koenen

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Sports Reporter

Senior forward Reid Koenen first picked up a basketball at an early age with his father coaching him through his younger years, and today he has become the only player on the roster to play all four years for the Bobcats.

Koenen is originally from Racine, Wisconsin, located on the shore of Lake Michigan. He played at Prairie High School where he was named to the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association’s All-Star team.

The Bobcat forward averaged 22 points and 10 rebounds his junior year of high school and put up 19.6 points, 9.7 rebounds and 1.8 steals per game during his senior year. Koenen was named to the All-Racine County team and earned Player of the Year in the Midwest Classic Conference.   

“I started playing at an early age,” Koenen said. “When I was five I would play in the YMCA league or the city league back home in Wisconsin. My dad always had me outside shooting hoops out in the driveway working on perfecting my shot.”

Koenen progressed into the player he is today—a forward who can shoot 3-pointers, drive to the hoop and kick the ball to the outside for a teammate to shoot. His body type and hands make him a tough matchup for opponents.  

“When I was younger, I was usually the tallest person on my team,” Koenen said. “The coaches would put me down low, but I was always trying to perfect my jump shot growing. It helped me understand both parts of my game.”

Koenen’s best game of the season so far was against Arkansas State when he scored 16 points, shot 2-5 from behind the arc and posted a field goal percentage of 55 percent.

Junior guard Wesley Davis said he “hates” going up against Koenen in practice, and Koenen’s rebounding could be considered an underappreciated art.

“I hate boxing him out in practice,” Davis said. “He puts his head down and tries to run you over to get the rebound. I think that’s something a lot people don’t get to see.”   

Davis describes Koenen as a versatile player when he is on the floor jumping on rebounds and defending athletic forwards.
“I know if he drives he’s going to find the open person,” Davis said. “I know to be spotted up when he drives because Reid is going to find the open man, and when I drive the lane, he’s going to do the same thing. He’s a great shooter.”

Koenen puts the team first and himself second when he is on the floor, finding ways to get his teammates involved or scrapping for a loose rebound.

“He impacts us on the floor with his ability to shoot,” said sophomore forward Emani Gant. “He can get in there and rebound and defend. It makes me want to be unselfish. When he passes the ball inside and I get a double team, I look for other players for a better open look.”

Koenen, being the only four-year senior on the team, is a leader who players look to for advice— not only for basketball guidance but for help regarding getting around town and succeeding in the classroom.

“Reid’s a funny guy,” Gant said. “Since he’s been here a while if I need him for something I can go to him with things about basketball, school and all that kind of stuff.”

Koenen has the most Division I experience on the team and looks to help transfers and younger players understand Texas State basketball.

“At Texas State, I’m the one who has the most experience playing at the Division 1 level,” Koenen said. “With the other guys who transfer from (junior college) and the younger players, I try to help them out with whatever they need.”