MADISON, WI (WKBT) -

Badgers freshman guard and La Crosse Aquinas grad Bronson Koenig is battling a hamstring injury, Wisconsin Head Coach Bo Ryan revealed Monday.

"He's getting healthier," Ryan said. "He's showing that physically, he's shaking off a little bit of that hamstring issue that he had, which led to some problems with his back, which made him a little bit behind."

Ryan, however, also added that he's impressed by Koenig's progress.

"He can pass, he can see the floor, he can shoot, he's learning how to play defense on this level, which you have to," Ryan said.

The Badgers open their regular season Friday night in Sioux Falls, when they play St. John's. This will be one of Ryan's youngest teams; he has six true freshmen.