Sam and Joey Hauser — the brother duo who both plan on transferring from Marquette — are set to visit Michigan State’s campus on May 14, according to Jeff Goodman of Stadium.
Marquette transfers Sam and Joey Hauser told @Stadium they will visit Virginia on Thursday and moved the Michigan State visit to the May 14th. They have visited Wisconsin and will choose from those three schools.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) May 7, 2019
The two forwards have apparently narrowed their school list down to MSU, Virginia and their home state of Wisconsin. The pair have already visited Madison, and are expected to be in Charlottesville to visit the Virginia campus on Thursday.
Unless the brothers can find a reason to get a waiver approved by the NCAA for immediate playing time, they are going to have to sit out the 2019-2020 season no matter where they go, due to transfer rules.
Although MSU is listed as a finalist for the Hausers, it doesn’t seem all that likely of a match. Michigan State is adding three freshmen recruits, and only has one available scholarship for this upcoming season with Nick Ward departing. Would one of the Hauser brothers be willing to walk-on to the roster and try to earn a scholarship later? Or would they be willing to split up? Also, Tom Izzo has stated that he doesn’t expect to add anybody to the roster this offseason — but that was also prior to Ward’s decision to declare for the NBA Draft.
Sam Hauser (6-foot-8, 225 pounds), can play the wing at small forward or even shooting guard, and averaged 14.9 points, 7.2 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 2018-2019. He also shot well across the board, at nearly 46 percent from the floor, 40.2 percent from three-point land and a ridiculous 92.4 percent from the field. He has one year of eligibility remaining.
Joey Hauser (6-foot-9, 230 pounds), who was recruited hard by Tom Izzo, averaged 9.7 points per game, 5.3 rebounds and 2.4 assists last season. Joey didn’t shoot quite as well as his older brother did overall, but still put in a respectable 44.7 percent from the field and 79.1 percent from the charity stripe, while making three pointers at even better clip than Sam, at 42.5 percent. Joey has two more years of eligibility guaranteed, with the possibility of a third year if he can get a medical waiver for his redshirt freshman season.
While it may not be the likeliest of scenarios, adding the skillset of these two to the 2020-2021 roster would definitely be a welcomed addition. Check out Flaming Mo’s piece for more on the Hausers’ (and other transfer candidates) potential fit with the Spartans.