The college basketball transfer market is beginning to heat up, and according to one report, two of the most talented players available are planning to visit Madison in the near future.
On early Tuesday afternoon, CBS Sports, Sports Illustrated and WFAN college basketball insider Jon “This Is March” Rothstein tweeted that both Joey Hauser and Sam Hauser “plan to visit Wisconsin,” along with three other programs.
It should come as no surprise that the two brothers also plan to visit national champion Virginia, as there were rumblings for both Wisconsin and UVA that swirled around immediately after the duo announced their intention to transfer. Two Big Ten Conference counterparts Iowa and Michigan State also will reportedly receive visits from the brothers.
Marquette transfer Joey Hauser tells me that he and his brother Sam plan to visit Wisconsin, Virginia, Iowa, and Michigan State.— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) April 23, 2019
As of now, both players would be forced to sit for the 2019-20 season.
Wherever the brothers end up, its seems they are looking for a place that they can attend together, and a place that they are comfortable with the system and the coaching staff. Both players have connections to Wisconsin and Iowa.
Former Stevens Point Area Senior High (SPASH) teammate and friend, guard Trevor Anderson, plays for the Badgers, while Joey played for the Iowa Barnstormers on the AAU circuit. That Barnstormers program also boasted Iowa standout Joe Wieskamp, though the freshman will test the NBA Draft process but will not hire an agent.
Sam emerged as an integral piece of Marquette’s attack, averaging 15.1 points and 7.2 rebounds per game over the course of last season. Joey also stepped up to become a solid contributor for the Golden Eagles, recording 9.8 points, and 5.2 rebounds per game.
Both players started nearly all season for the Eagles—Sam started all 33 games, and Joey. The brothers also shot over 40 percent from three-point range during a 2018-19 campaign that saw Marquette reach the NCAA Tournament but was ultimately bounced by Ja Morant and Murray State in the first round.
By the numbers, it is clear that all four programs would benefit from the Hausers, so it will be interesting to see how it plays out in this four-team race.
Update: Later on Tuesday afternoon, Mark Miller from WisSports.net and Wisconsin Basketball Yearbook reported via Twitter the dates when the Hausers will visit. Based on his tweet, the Badgers appear first up.
Dates for visits for Marquette transfers Sam and Joey Hauser: April 26-28 Wisconsin; May 3-5 Michigan State; May 17-19 Virginia. Iowa TBD.— Mark Miller (@WisBBYearbook) April 23, 2019