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Four schools stand out for four-star forward Joey Hauser

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Back on the floor healthy for the first time this spring and summer, the recruitment of Joey Hauser has not slowed down one bit. A 6-foot-8 forward that brings a polished and versatile skillset to the floor, a college commitment could be in line within the coming weeks.

The younger brother of Marquette rising sophomore Sam Hauser, Joey, a top-50 rising senior, is perceived as an even better prospect. Capable of scoring in a variety of ways and making all of the right plays, Hauser is ready to call it day with things.

“Right now, I am just trying to make a decision as soon as possible. I am just waiting for the feeling of where I want to go. If not, I will just take my official visits in the fall,” Hauser said. “I just want to be around good people. I want to win and most of those schools that are recruiting me really hard are winning.

“I would say, Notre Dame, Michigan State, Wisconsin and Marquette have all made me a priority.”

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IN HIS WORDS

Marquette: “That is a school that I really love so if I was to go there, playing with my brother would just be another perk for me. However, I would go to Marquette because I want go there.”

Wisconsin: “I like them a lot. I know a lot of the freshmen, two or three of them that just came in, and I have a great relationship with coach (Greg) Gard. It is the home state school. I really like them, so it makes things tough.”

Michigan State: “They are selling me as that final piece and that their other four commitments are really going to help me and that they are going to bring me in and help me fit in with those four guys.”

Notre Dame: “They think I could really play well with their three guard commitments and that I owe it to myself to go there and visit just to get down there and meet with those three commits.”

WHAT’S NEXT?

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Finishing out his senior summer with the Iowa Barnstormers 17-under unit, a college commitment could be in line before August rolls around.

“It is tough because I didn’t play in the spring and I didn’t get to see if there are any new schools interested in me,” he said. “It has been tough, if I knew, if I really knew where I wanted to go, I would have done it already. It does get tiring though."

RIVALS’ REACTION

Hauser is the ideal, new era power forward that can stretch the defense with the 3-point jumper, score on the block and also run portions of his team’s half-court offense.

Notre Dame, Michigan State, Wisconsin and Marquette each offer comfortable landing spots at the next level and while things could leak into the fall, bet on Wisconsin or Marquette as being the final destination for Hauser and a commitment could occur before August.

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