Over the summer, we put together a few stat charts for Marquette men’s and women’s basketball that we’ve been updating as each game goes by. The nature of having incredibly talented and prolific players has created a situation where the record books are nearly constantly being rewritten, and keeping track of those rewrites is fun.
Since we’ve passed the first of the year, it’s officially the part of the basketball calendar where we can start looking at single season records. Thus, we’re going to be adding to those stat charts with the single season marks and top 10s that are most in danger of changing at this point.
This time around, we’re looking at the freshman year scoring chart and Joey Hauser’s approach to the top 10.
We’re in something of a glory era for freshman putting the ball in the basket for Marquette. Before the turn of the century, we had only seen a freshman clear 320 points for MU on four occasions. Part of that has to do with the fact that freshmen weren’t allowed to play for a very long time, but that hadn’t been the case for nearly 40 years when the calendar flipped to 2000. Since then, six Marquette players have scored at least 340 points as freshmen, and since Steve Wojciechowski took the reigns, four freshmen have tallied at least 380 points.
The trend of successful freshmen is continuing again this year, although it appears that this year’s newcomer might not be quite as accomplished as Wojo’s previous four freshman scorers. At a shade over 10 points per game, Joey Hauser is on track to be ever so slightly short of the freshman scoring top 10 by the time the regular season is over. However, with one Big East tournament game guaranteed for the Golden Eagles, that does put him on track to surpass Trevor Powell for 10th place. Much like his older brother, Joey Hauser is a dedicated team player, averaging 10.3 points, 5.9 rebounds, and 2.2 assists this season. With Sam Hauser and Markus Howard on the roster, Joey isn’t going to be asked to do a lot of scoring for MU this season. However, he’s shown the ability to fill it up in a hurry, as he’s outscored his average in 10 of Marquette’s 18 games this season. If he averages about 12 points a game the rest of the way, or if Marquette goes on an extended postseason run, Hauser should have a solid shot at catching Jerel McNeal in 9th place.
Here’s how the chart looks at the end of the 2020-21 season.
Marquette Men’s Basketball Freshman Scoring Chart