MSU’s Hauser Still Undecided About His Future
Michigan State men's basketball forward Joey Hauser (pictured against Indiana) is still undecided as to whether he will return to East Lansing for another season of college basketball.
Hauser, who transferred from Marquette University three years ago, has two years of eligibility left in college (because he missed a year due to injury and the 2020-21 free COVID year).
He struggled at times this season, averaging 7.3 points and 5.3 rebounds a game. But he ended the year strong. He led the Spartans to a first-round victory in the NCAA Tournament over Davidson with 27 points and 6 rebounds. He hit 4 3-pointers in 34 minutes played. And he hit the game-winning shot to beat Minnesota at the Breslin Center back in January.
He made the announcement that he was undecided during an interview with a Wisconsin TV station (he's from Stevens Point WI). He said he did talk with his older brother Sam, who's in the NBA with the Boston Celtics, looking for advice.
Some quotes from Hauser, courtesy of WSAW-TV in Stevens Point, WI:
“I haven’t gotten too serious about that yet. I think [Coach Tom Izzo] and I both know that the season was still being processed and kind of just gearing down about from all of that hype and exciting games. But now it’s time to talk about it,”
“I came into this year thinking it was going to be my last year. So, I didn’t really think about what was going to happen next after that, I was just kissing the floor that night and I’d have to figure it out after the season.”
If Hauser returns, he would join Malik Hall, Julius Marble, and Mady Sissoko as the most experienced frontcourt players returning. The Spartans lost Gabe Brown and Marcus Bingham after the season, as both players declared for the NBA Draft.