STEVENS POINT, Wis — Nationally ranked prospect Joey Hauser (Stevens Point, WI/SPASH), who signed in November and originally planned to join Marquette University in the summer of 2018, will now arrive in time for the conclusion of the 2017-18 season.
Hauser (6-9, 215), who graduates from Stevens Point Area Senior High this week, is enrolled at Marquette for the spring 2018 semester. He will redshirt in 2017-18 while recovering from ankle surgery and have four seasons of eligibility beginning with the 2018-19 campaign. He will be able to travel with the team this season and utilize the team’s open scholarship.
“We are really excited to have Joey join us for the second semester,” head coach Steve Wojciechowski said. “It’s a unique opportunity for him to recover from his recent surgery while also becoming acclimated to our basketball program and University. He is without question one of the top players in the class of 2018 and for him to be able to get a head start on his career is a tremendous positive.”
Hauser, who was ranked as high as 32nd in the nation by 247Sports.com, helped lead SPASH to three-straight state titles under the direction of head coach Scott Anderson. He averaged 23.6 points, 11.5 rebounds and 5.1 assists per game as a junior en route to the squad’s third championship, finishing with 33 points and 22 rebounds in the title matchup.
“I am excited to be coming to Marquette early,” Hauser said. “It was a tough decision, but it was the best one for my future. I want to be 100 percent by next year and I feel that being at Marquette to rehab every day will benefit that process. I will also get a great taste of what college basketball and campus life is like.
“My teammates and coaches at SPASH have been extremely supportive of my decision,” Hauser added. “They know how tough it was for me to leave them and understand why I am doing it. I have a great support system and want to thank everyone who has helped me along the way.”
The Stevens Point, Wisconsin, native was a unanimous selection to the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association All-State Team and claimed co-player of the year accolades in the Wisconsin Valley Conference in 2016-17.
A three-year varsity letterwinner, he was an all-state performer as a sophomore after averaging 17.5 points, 7.7 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game while shooting 59.6 percent from the floor. As a freshman in 2014-15, Hauser claimed all-league accolades and chipped in 9.6 points and 4.6 boards per contest en route to his first state championship. Along with the trio of titles, the Panthers finished undefeated in league play each of those campaigns and were a combined 79-5 overall.