The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that the University of Virginia is now the favorite for former Marquette guard/forward Sam Hauser. According to its sources, the Journal Sentinel reports that the 6’8” Hauser is “expected” to transfer to Virginia.
Meanwhile, Michigan State is now the favorite for Sam’s younger brother, Joey, who is also transferring from Marquette.
The Journal Sentinel reported as recently at May 17 that Wisconsin was the likely landing spot for both Stevens Point Area (WI) brothers. Amidst the new reporting, the Hausers reached out to Stadium reporter Jeff Goodman.
Sam and Joey Hauser to me on speculation they have already make decision:
“We hope to make a decision in the next few days, but a final decision hasn’t been made yet. … and we never previously committed to Wisconsin.”
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) May 26, 2019
Sam, who chose Marquette over Virginia out of high school, played three seasons for the Golden Eagles, averaging 14.1 points per game as a sophomore and 14.9 points per game as a junior. A terrific shooter, he made 44.5% of his 3s in his time at Marquette, including a whopping 48.7% from beyond the arc his sophomore campaign. Hauser was 40.2% (88-of-219) from 3 last season but made 92.4% (73-of-79) of his free throws and pulled down 7.2 rebounds per contest. He has averaged 6 boards per game in his three seasons in Milwaukee.
In what was a surprise to many, Sam and Joey announced their intentions to transfer from Marquette on April 16. The brothers subsequently made official visits together to Wisconsin, Virginia and Michigan State. UVA hosted Sam and his 6’9”, 230-pound brother on May 9 and 10.
Wherever they end up, both Hauser brothers would have to sit out the 2019-20 season to satisfy Division 1 transfer rules. The elder Hauser would then have one season of eligibility remaining, while Joey would have two, possibly three if the NCAA grants his freshman year as a medical redshirt.
Love Visit On Hold
Basketball recruiting reporter Jake Weingarten of Stock Risers and Rivals.com reports that Caleb Love, one of the top point guard prospects in the class of 2020, will no longer take an official visit to Virginia next month. Instead, the 6’3” rising senior will make unofficials to Kansas and Tennessee.
Weingarten adds that the Christian Brothers College (St. Louis, MO) will reschedule the UVA visit.
Change of plans, Top-40 junior Caleb Love will reschedule his Virginia official that was scheduled for next week, but will now take unofficial visits to Kansas and Tennessee in coming weeks, his father told me. Dates TBD.https://t.co/FwoBeOSoAo
— Jake (@jakeweingarten) May 25, 2019
We have confirmed four point guard offers from Virginia in the class of 2020. Two of those targets – Zeb Jackson (Michigan) and Jeremy Roach (Duke) – have committed elsewhere, while Love and Scotlandville Magnet (Baton Rouge, LA) star Reece Beekman have yet to make their college selections. UVA hosted Beekman, a Wisconsin native who is playing for Wisconsin-based AAU club Phenom University, on an official visit last November.