Hausers Visit Virginia

By Jerry Ratcliffe

Virginia basketball recruiting is heating up with an official visit from the Hauser brothers today and Friday.

The Hausers, Sam and Joey, were the No. 2 and No. 3 scorers for Marquette this past season, but they each announced they would be transferring. Sam is an All-Big East second team player who averaged just under 15 points per game and shot 40 percent from the 3-point line. Joey, who was a freshman, averaged around 10 points and five rebounds per contest.

Certainly, Virginia will roll out the red carpet for these two guys. They hail from Steven’s Point, Wisc., the hometown of both UVA head coach Tony Bennett and assistant coach Brad Soderberg.

The Hausers will both have to sit out for a transfer year, meaning they would both be available for the 2020-21 seasons. Sam would have one year of eligibility remaining at that point, and Joey three years.

The brothers have already visited Wisconsin, and they announced plans to visit Michigan State (May 14) after their two-day stop in Charlottesville.

UVA has two scholarships remaining, and with yesterday’s commitment from 6-5 junior college shooting guard Tomas Woldetensae, observers wonder if that means the Cavaliers are not expecting to be the choice of Californian Johnny Juzang, a 5-star shooting guard.

Juzang, who has narrowed his final list of schools to four, Virginia, Kentucky, Kansas and Oregon, said that he will announce his final choice on Friday. If Juzang goes with Kentucky, it will give the Wildcats the No. 1 recruiting class in the country for the upcoming season.

Woldetensae, who hails from Bologna, Italy, was a first-team junior college All-American this past season for Indian Hills Community College in Ottumwa, Iowa.


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