Former Marquette junior forward Sam Hauser has decided to transfer to Virginia after weeks of speculation. Hauser was on the All-Big East Second Team in the 2018-19 season.
Hauser announced his decision to split up with his brother Joey Hauser — who will be continuing his collegiate career at Michigan State — via his Instagram page Tuesday.
Due to NCAA transfer rules, Hauser will have to sit out next season and will be eligible to play with Virginia for the 2020-21 season.
The 6-foot-8, 225-pound Hauser was a four-star recruit out of Stevens Point Area High School in Stevens Point, Wis. Hauser was pursued by Coach Tony Bennett and the Cavaliers coming out of high school. However, one week after he visited the Cavaliers at the end of his junior year, Hauser verbally committed to Marquette.
Throughout his three years at Marquette, Hauser proved to be a versatile weapon for the team. Hauser shot 45.9 percent from the field and 40.2 percent from the three-point line while averaging 14.9 points and 7.2 rebounds per game in the 2018-19 campaign.
While Hauser will provide the national champion Cavaliers with consistent scoring as well as tenacity on the boards, he will also serve as a key mentor for 2019 recruits Casey Morsell, Kadin Shedrick and Justin McKoy, bringing three years of starting experience in the Big East to the table.
Hauser will join junior transfer Tomas Woldetensae and McKoy as the first three additions to the Cavaliers after the national championship victory, strengthening a Virginia team that looks to contend for more national titles for years to come.