As was expected, Wisconsin standout Joey Hauser signed his national letter of intent to play for Marquette today. Hauser will join the Golden Eagles in the fall of 2018 and will have four years of eligibility.
Hauser is regarded as one of the best Class of 2018 prospects in the country, and depending on who you ask, the best prospect in the state of Wisconsin. The 247 Sports Composite system has Hauser, the younger brother of current Golden Eagle Sam Hauser, as the #34 player in the country, the 10th best power forward, and the #1 player in the state of Wisconsin, just barely edging out the currently uncommitted Tyler Herro, who comes in at #36. ESPN, which loves themselves some Tyler Herro and is the only group to not have Hauser as the best Wisconsin prospect, ranks Hauser at #41, Rivals has him at #48, and Scout, which is now apparently a division of 247 Sports so deeply that they don’t even have their own pages now, says Hauser is #35 in the country.
Here’s what head coach Steve Wojciechowski had to say about Hauser in the official release on the signing:
“Joey has been our top recruiting target for this class since he was a freshman in high school,” Wojciechowski said. “We believe in him as a person and we love what he brings to the table as a player. He is incredibly versatile and possesses a both a high basketball IQ and a winning pedigree.
“He’s a team player and a winning player and I couldn’t imagine a better fit for Marquette University and our program,” Wojciechowski added.
Here’s the short version of the scouting report on Joey Hauser: You know all of the things you like about Sam Hauser, who led the Golden Eagles in minutes played as a freshman? Now imagine he was two inches taller and 20 pounds heavier as a high school player. That’s Joey. When Sam committed to Marquette, he was listed at 6’6” and 190 pounds. Joey is currently listed at 6’8” and 210 pounds. The younger Hauser makes use of that additional size to look incredibly comfortable both out on the perimeter as well as taking it inside. His game is so simple and comfortable to watch, it’s almost hard to believe that he’s actually posting stats like 24 points, 12 rebounds, and five assists per game like he did last season for Stevens Point Area High School.
While Hauser suffered a broken bone in his foot over the summer, he should be more than ready for the start of SPASH’s season. That’s a pretty big deal, as the Panthers will be aiming to win their fourth straight Wisconsin Division 1 title, which, yes, that means that Joey will have won a state title in each of his four years of varsity basketball at SPASH.
As things stand right now, Marquette is now full on scholarships for the fall of 2018. Hauser will be one of two freshmen on the roster, along with 2016 signee Brendan Bailey. Bailey is currently deep into his second year of his Mormon mission, and will be a 20 year old freshman next fall.
Here’s what the scholarship picture looks like going forward.