CHARLOTTESVILLE — Calling it an “unbelievable opportunity,” Marquette transfer Sam Hauser announced he will join Virginia, the reigning NCAA men’s basketball national champion.
Hauser announced his decision on Twitter on Tuesday afternoon. At the same time, his brother, Joey, announced he will transfer to Michigan State.
Sam Hauser, a 6-foot-8 swingman, averaged 15.1 points and a team-high 7.2 rebounds as a junior last season at Marquette. He will have to sit out the 2019-20 season under NCAA transfer rules and then will have one year of eligibility remaining.
“Thank you to Marquette University for helping me to represent them in a positive way the past [three years],” Hauser tweeted. “I can’t wait to finish my college career in Charlottesville.”
UVA beat Texas Tech to win the national championship in April. Since then, guards Ty Jerome and Kyle Guy and forwards De’Andre Hunter and Mamadi Diakite announced their intentions to turn pro, though Diakite still could withdraw his name from the NBA draft pool by Wednesday’s deadline.
Also, guard Marco Anthony placed his name in the NCAA transfer portal.
The team also loses center Jack Salt, who was a senior this past season. All of that created enough roster space to add one — or possibly — two Hausers.
Originally, the brothers hoped to transfer to the same school and play together. But in the end, Joey Hauser opted for Tom Izzo’s Spartans — who lost to Texas Tech in the Final Four — while Sam Hauser picked the Cavaliers.