In a surprise move, Sam and Joey Hauser have decided to transfer from the Marquette Golden Eagles on Monday. The Eagles were a trendy pick to become a Final Four team next season, especially with the return of Markus Howard. However, it seems like the Hauser brothers didn’t want to play with Howard anymore.
Sam was the second leading scorer on the team as a junior. He produced 14.9 points per game on 40 percent shooting from 3-point range. Meanwhile, Joey led the Eagles in 3-point shooting at 42.5 percent from long range. He also averaged 9.7 points per game during his freshman season. Clearly, their roles would have expanded next season. However, they didn’t want to be part of something special in Marquette.
Minutes weren’t the problem. Sam averaged 33 minutes per game while Joey averaged over 29 minutes per game. With every major contributor set to return, this could have been a special team. But we may have seen the reason why the Eagles finished so poorly down the stretch.
They were (1-6) to end the season. Although most of the losses were close, the debacle in the first round was telling. The Eagles lost to the Murray State Racers, 83-64. It was a blowout from almost the beginning. Something seemed off. Maybe the Hausers already had one foot out of the door. Now, they officially do.
So far, the Virginia Cavaliers seem to be a front runner for the duo. The Wisconsin Badgers may also be in play for the pair of forwards. Keep in mind, they bring incredible size. Yet, their defense left something to be desired in their final game with the Golden Eagles. The Cavaliers and Badgers are known for playing tough defense.
Barring any surprises, both players will have to sit out next season. That means both players will probably enter the 2021 draft. If they stayed at Marquette, it wouldn’t been a shock to see the Hauser brothers test the 2020 NBA draft.