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Wisconsin misses out on Hauser brothers

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The dynamic duo are splitting up and not Madison-bound.

NCAA Basketball: Marquette at Creighton Steven Branscombe-USA TODAY Sports

As expected based on this weekend’s reports, Sam and Joey Hauser will not transfer to Wisconsin but rather split in heading to different programs. On Tuesday, Sam announced he will play for Tony Bennett and defending national champion Virginia, while younger brother Joey declared he will head to East Lansing to continue his college basketball career at Michigan State.

The brotherly duo initially announced their departure from Marquette on April 15 and visited Wisconsin at the end of last month.

A 6’8 junior guard/forward, Sam Hauser started all 33 games and scored 15.1 points per contest, placing second behind standout guard Markus Howard last season. The elder brother also led the program in rebounding (7.2 boards per game) while shooting 45.7% from the field—including 40% from deep.

Joey, a 6’9 forward, registered 9.8 points and 5.2 rebounds per game as a redshirt freshman in 33 games—30 of those contests starts. He hit 44.8% of his attempts from the field and drained 42.3% from three-point range during the 2018-19 season.

Under NCAA transfer rules, the Hausers will have to sit out the 2019-20 season. Sam will have one year of eligibility remaining while Joey will have two years left.