Business picked up in a big way on Sunday evening when Class of 2018 forward Joey Hauser made his verbal commitment to Marquette and head coach Steve Wojciechowski.
Happy to announce that I have decided to commit to Marquette University! I can't wait to be a golden eagle! 〽️ pic.twitter.com/bMrFWIgj1u— Joey Hauser (@jjhouz24) July 23, 2017
Hauser, who is the younger brother of current Golden Eagle Sam Hauser, is currently ranked #37 in the country in the class of 2018 by 247 Sports’ Composite system, and #31 by their internal system. ESPN has him at #49, Rivals says he’s #43, and Scout loves him at #18. Each of the various services rate the younger Hauser as a four-star prospect. 247 and Scout say Hauser is the best prospect in the state of Wisconsin, while ESPN has him at #2, behind Wisconsin pledge Tyler Herro who is waaaay up the chart at #25 in the country.
It’s been clear that Hauser has been priority #1 in 2018 for Steve Wojciechowski and the Marquette staff for a long time, and if it wasn’t clear to you before, Wojo attending every single one of Hauser’s July club games crystallized that picture. As the younger brother of first a priority recruit and now current player as well as the top player in the state, it obviously wasn’t hard for the coaches to make that decision. Hauser’s particular skill set — he’s a 6’8”, 210 pound forward who looks just as comfortable circling the arc or in transition as he does pounding the paint and hitting the glass - make him a player who will likely succeed at the collegiate level no matter what school he elected to attend. In a way, Joey Hauser is the evolutionary Sam Hauser. He’s not a ball dominant player, and like his older brother, sometimes you kind of lose track of him when you’re watching his team play. Then you pull up the stat sheet after the game and you find out he’s averaging 23.6 points, 11.5 rebounds, and 5.1 assists like he did during his junior season at Stevens Point Area High School. It’s almost dumbfounding how simple he can make it look. Perhaps the most tantalizing thing about him, relative to how Marquette plays under Wojo is the fact that Hauser shot over 35% on three-pointers this past season, and that’s on more than three attempts per game.
Hauser will be a senior at SPASH this fall, where the Panthers will be looking to win their fourth straight Wisconsin Division 1 title and second since Sam Hauser graduated and headed to Marquette. It won’t be easy, of course, but they’ll likely be the favorite when the prep season gets started.
With Hauser on board, Marquette projects to have a full roster of 13 scholarship players in 2018-19. Hauser will join 2016 signee Brendan Bailey as MU’s two freshmen that season, as Bailey will be arriving on campus after completing his Mormon mission.
Here’s what the scholarship picture looks like with Hauser on board. Hey, check it out! We can expand to include Bailey and Hauser’s senior year now!