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The Hausers Are Coming! The Hausers are Coming!

On May 9, 2015, Sam Hauser, a 6’8" 220 pound forward, took an official visit to Virginia. One week later, he committed to Marquette. In his three years at Marquette, Sam averaged 30 minutes of play per game and his scoring steadily climbed from about 10 points per game as a freshman to 15 as a junior. He also grabbed seven rebounds a game and made 90% of his free throws. And he’s a 40%+ three point shooter.

Pretty good.

But there’s a better Hauser. Joey Hauser is a 6’9" 230 pound five star redshirt freshman. Like his brother, Joey Hauser had a Virginia offer. Like his brother, he chose Marquette instead.

The Hauser brothers won two high school basketball state championships together. They both went to Marquette. And now they’re both leaving together.

In a move that shocked Marquette fans, the brothers announced their intent to transfer despite sky-high expectations for Marquette next season. And they intend to leave together, as a package deal. Locker room rumors say they’re leaving because they don’t trust their coach.

Today Jon Rothstein reported that both brothers intend to visit Virginia.

In December of 2018, Joey Hauser had ankle surgery because of a football injury and had to sit out his senior year of high school basketball. In January of his senior year, he left high school and enrolled at Marquette. He immediately redshirted to complete his rehab with the Marquette staff. A year later, Joey was a dynamic redshirt freshman for Marquette, averaging 10 points and five rebounds. He was the Big East ‘Freshman of the Week’ an astonishing five times.

Because he’s already redshirted, Joey will have to sit out a year as a transfer and then only have two years of eligibility.

His brother, Sam, is a rising senior who has played for three years; he’ll sit out one year and then have one year of eligibility remaining.

It’s a tantalizing offer: two brothers with proven ability at a position of need. They’re both big, multidimensional scorers, and can defend multiple positions. And they’re a package deal. They’re instantly the top transfer targets available in college basketball.

But the offer comes at a cost.

First, Virginia would need to invest five years of scholarships for three years of Hausers. That’s not trivial: Bennett has built his program through long-term development, not high-turnover roster churn. Bennett has added transfers, of course, including grad transfers, so he’s not opposed to plugging short-term holes, but only to fill specific needs. But now he’d be rebuilding his program around the Hausers. What does that mean culturally?

Second, Virginia has some real gaps in their 2019/20 roster, and using two available scholarships for players who have to redshirt means that Bennett is accepting a down year. He’d have one scholarship available to add a grad transfer guard, for example, but that would be all.

Third, Tony Bennett is competing for some of the top talent in the 2020 recruiting class. Taking the Hausers would limit him to just two available scholarships in 2020, and would likely rule out players in that Medium role because of a sudden logjam at the 2/3/4 positions. That includes losing an opportunity to land future stars like Henry Coleman III.

Fourth, the Five Pillars are non-negotiable. Every player must be a teammate first. But the Hausers are leaving Marquette because they’re unhappy with the way their coach prioritized their star teammate, Markus Howard, over them. Maybe the Hausers are right: their coach, Steve Wojciechowski, is a former Dukie and learned his ethics there. But how well would the Hausers fit in the Virginia locker room?

Virginia’s Roster with the Hausers

2019/20

2020/21

2021/22

2022/23

Large

Kadin Shedrick (RS)

Kadin Shedrick (RS)

Kadin Shedrick (RS)

Kadin Shedrick (RS)

Francisco Caffaro (RS)

Francisco Caffaro (RS)

Francisco Caffaro (RS)

Francisco Caffaro (RS)

Jay Huff (RS)

Jay Huff (RS)

Mamadi Diakite

Medium

Justin McKoy

Justin McKoy

Justin McKoy

Justin McKoy

Frankie Badocchi (RS)

Frankie Badocchi (RS)

Frankie Badocchi (RS)

Kody Stattmann

Kody Stattmann

Kody Stattmann

Braxton Key

Sam Hauser (RS)

Sam Hauser (RS)

Joey Hauser (RS)

Joey Hauser (RS)

Joey Hauser (RS)

Small

Carson McCorkle

Carson McCorkle

Carson McCorkle

Casey Morsell

Casey Morsell

Casey Morsell

Casey Morsell

Kihei Clark

Kihei Clark

Kihei Clark

Scholarship Players:

12

11

9

5

Scholarships Available:

1

2

4

8

New additions in bold; expected redshirt years in italics

What leaps off the page is that in 2020/21, Virginia would be loaded for yet another legendary season. Despite the drawbacks, Bennett must be drooling over the opportunity to convince the Hauser brothers to make their new home in Charlottesville. While casual Virginia fans are fretting over the inevitable step back in 2019/20 after all the attrition, Bennett is building for the long term. And the Hausers would accelerate his plan in a big way.



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