Hauser Making Most Of Transfer Year For Virginia, Himself

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Sam Hauser transferred to UVA.
Sam Hauser drives during Virginia’s scrimmage. ~ Photo courtesy Matt Riley/Virginia Athletics Media Relations

Sam Hauser used to be viewed as a transfer package deal with his brother Joey Hauser at Marquette University. Many speculated they would transfer together to a new school after last season, but the duo split as Joey left for Michigan State and Sam joined the Cavaliers.

While both brothers had to leave a little bit of Wisconsin behind, Sam found a piece of it in Virginia.

The Hausers went to Stevens Point Area Senior High, which just so happens to be where Bennett played his first two years of high school basketball while his father coached at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. The Midwest is known for its hospitality, but this connection could be the reason for more Virginia basketball success.

“We had familiarity out of high school. I was recruited here, I decided to go to Marquette,” Sam Hauser said at UVA’s recent media day. “But I think with the whole transfer process I think a lot of familiarity, just from the get go and building a quick relationship, which kinda, we already had, it lasted since high school.”

Not only should Wisconsin be known for its cheese, but also its breeding of basketball players. Both Bennett and Hauser have had evidently successful careers coming from the dairy state. Bennett, of course, made it to the NBA and has won a National Championship as a coach.

Hauser was a second team All-Big East selection at Marquette where