By RICK SOLEM
They’re making an impact as freshmen on two of the best men’s basketball teams in the country.
Aquinas graduate Bronson Koenig and Onalaska alumni Matt Thomas are a combined 18-0 for their respective teams.
The way things are going, these two players may see each other once again ... deep into the NCAA tournament.
Thomas has started every game this season and leads No. 17 Iowa State (7-0) in minutes.
He is averaging 10.3 points, shooting 44 percent from the field. The 6-foot-3 shooting guard is also averaging 1.4 assists and is 15-for-40 from beyond the arc, having hit two or more 3-pointers in five games this season.
The Cyclones, who host Iowa at 8:30 p.m. tonight and can be seen right here, lead the nation in scoring (91.7), are second in assists (19.9), fifth in 3-pointers made (10.4), fourth in rebounds (46.3).
Koenig is the second person off the bench for the Badgers (11-0), ranked fourth in the nation. Their next game is at noon Saturday, hosting Eastern Kentucky (7-3). It can also be seen on ESPN3.
Wisconsin plays its starters a majority of the minutes and really just brings three off the bench, led by Thomas’ 15.4 minutes a game.
The 6-3 point guard is averaging 3.5 points, 1.5 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 10 games. He’s 15-for-27 from the field and 5 of 13 from beyond the arc.
Koenig’s best game came in 27 minutes against Bowling Green (4-5). He scored 14 points, going 5-for-6 from the field and 2-for-3 from deep.
Thomas has scored in double figures in five games this season, including 14 points, twice. But his best game may have been against BYU (8-3) where he scored 12 points on 5-of-8 shooting, including two 3-pointers and added six rebounds in the 90-88 win on the road.