Five-star power forward Joey Hauser has yet to decide where he will take his basketball talents in the Fall of 2018. The Stevens Point native remains steadfast in his quest to decide his future university by taking official visits to Wisconsin, Marquette, Michigan State and Virginia, according to an interview with the Marquette Wire.
Many of the recruit pundits believe Hauser’s mind has been set on Marquette since the way beginning of the recruiting process, due to Hauser’s family relations with Marquette. Hauser’s brother, Sam, may be the key to younger brother Joey’s commitment. Sam Hauser is currently a freshman in the Marquette basketball program, earning Big East Freshman of the Week during the week of November 14.
Michigan State Head Coach Tom Izzo hasn’t given up on his pursuit of Hauser. Hauser unofficially visited the Spartans on February 26 and Izzo took a trip to Wisconsin to check in on the SPASH talent in early February. Additionally, according to 247 sports, Izzo will visit once more with Hauser on April 19 to convince him to take his talents over state borders to East Lansing. If Hauser were to join the Michigan State 2018 recruiting class, he would join a talented group including four-star power forward Thomas Kithier and Foster Loyer, both Michigan natives.
But for Badger faithful, there’s reason not to lose hope. There is some chance in landing one of the countries top power forward prospects. Wisconsin sports writers remain positive that Hauser’s mind hasn’t been made up yet.
One of the biggest forces in attracting Hauser’s talents may be Wisconsin commit, Tyler Herro. Herro committed to the Badgers on September 12 and as of April 10th remains Wisconsin’s lone commit for the 2018 recruiting cycle.
Upon committing to UW, Herro commented on trying to reel in Hauser by saying, “I’m going to do everything I can to bring him over with me.”
Gard and his assistants will work hard to ensure they can land the best talent in the state build upon their talented 2017 class. With the likes of Mr. Wisconsin Kobe King and Minnesota all-first team studs Brad Davison and big man Nathan Reuvers, Herro and Hauser would certainly ensure that the future of the Wisconsin basketball program is in good hands.