Matt Velazquez of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is one connected dude, and thus he was able to pass along a recruiting tidbit: Joey Hauser, a top 50 recruit in the class of 2018 and the #1 recruit in the state of Wisconsin, will be taking an unofficial visit to Marquette this coming Friday and Saturday, June 23rd & 24th.
Joey Hauser will take an unofficial visit to Marquette this Friday and Saturday, a source tells the @journalsentinel.— Matt Velazquez (@Matt_Velazquez) June 21, 2017
Hauser, a 6’8”, 210 lb. forward from Stevens Point, Wisconsin, is ranked #29 in 247 Sports Composite system for the Class of 2018. As the #1 recruit in the state of Wisconsin and so highly regarded on a national level, it’s safe to say that Hauser is Marquette’s #1 target in his class. Forget the part where he’s also being recruited by Wisconsin along with Michigan State and Virginia, when you’re given the benefit of top 50 talent right in your own state, you have to make that guy your priority. If it doesn’t happen, eh, it doesn’t happen. Recruiting him is still the priority.
Perhaps coincidentally, Marquette will be hosting their 100th anniversary Hoopla celebration on Friday night. Velazquez reports that Hauser will not be attending the Hoopla event, instead spending time with the current team on campus, but you’d have to imagine that he’d end up interacting at least a few of the dozens of former Marquette players that will be in town.
Hauser will be able to sign a national letter of intent this coming November, and that in combination with the live recruiting period starting in July makes you wonder if a verbal commitment is imminent. It’s possible that Hauser wants to get that part of his recruitment process out of the way before embarking on his final summer of AAU action, and setting up an unofficial visit to make his pledge to Steve Wojciechowski in person would make a lot of sense.
Or maybe he’s nowhere near making a decision and he just wants to visit campus.
Marquette projects to have one scholarship open for the fall of 2018 right now. Here’s what the scholarship picture looks like right now.