Just days after prolific scorer and All-American guard Markus Howard announced that he’s returning to the Marquette men’s basketball team for his senior season, the program was dealt a crushing blow Monday.
In a stunning development, forwards Joey Hauser and Sam Hauser — both key pieces to the Golden Eagles’ rotation — announced that they are transferring.
Sam Hauser told ESPN that the brothers, who starred at Stevens Point, plan to go to the same school.
Both will have to sit out a season. Sam Hauser has one year of eligibility left, while Joey Hauser — who recently completed a standout freshman season — has three.
The 6-foot-8 Sam Hauser averaged 14.9 points and 7.2 rebounds during his junior year and shot 40.2 percent from 3-point range, the third season in a row he’s shot at least 40 percent from beyond the arc.
The 6-9 Hauser averaged 9.7 points and 5.3 rebounds per game in his first season and shot 42.5 percent from 3.
“We are thankful for all that Sam and Joey contributed to our program and university during their time at Marquette and wish them the best of luck in the future,” Marquette coach Steve Wojciechowski said in a statement. “We have a tremendous group of returning players and are extremely excited about the upcoming season and future of our program.”
Said Sam Hauser in a statement on Twitter: “I want to thank Marquette University for the countless opportunities it has granted me the past three 3 years. I’d like to thank everyone involved with the Marquette basketball program. You all work hard every day to make Marquette better.
“I especially want to thank my teammates for having my back no matter what and I hope for the best for all of you. I’ve built lifelong friendships with numerous people over the last 3 years and I will cherish those for eternity.
“Marquette will always have a special place in my heart. But moving forward with my basketball career, I have made the decision to transfer. Thank you.”
The Golden Eagles struggled at the end of the last season, losing out on a chance to win the Big East title and falling to Murray State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Still, Marquette won 24 games, and with virtually everyone returning — particularly Howard and supposedly the Hausers — many early projections had Marquette as a top-10 team for 2019-20.