The Marquette Golden Eagles technically have two incoming recruits this season. One is Brendan Bailey, who committed back in 2016. Bailey, though, went on a Mormon mission and did not play for the last two seasons. So if you want to get technical about it, Marquette has a two-man class coming into the fold this year. But, to be entirely fair to Bailey here, he’s not a 2018 recruit, but a 2016 one.
Marquette’s lone 2018 recruit has a familiar last name, of course. Joey Hauser is set to begin his college career next week with the Golden Eagles, alongside his brother Sam Hauser. Sam has had an accomplished career in Milwaukee so far, and given the hype around his brother, Joey is expected to make a big impact himself.
From Stevens Point, Wisconsin, Joey is listed at 6-foot-9, 230 lbs. He went to Stevens Point Area Senior HS, where he quite the career, leading them to a state championship. He was a four-star recruit coming out of high school and the second-ranked recruit in the state of Wisconsin. Tyler Herro, a Kentucky Wildcats commit, was his only peer who ranked higher than him.
He ranked 52nd in the nation and 10th at his position (power forward), a stacked one to be sure. Zion Williamson, EJ Montgomery, Simi Shittu, Naz Reid, Shareef O’Neal and Cole Swider are among the others in the Top 10. So, pretty good company all around.
Hauser of course already enrolled at MU earlier this year, but redshirted and will have all four years of eligibility.
MARQUETTE WRITERS ANALYSIS
Brooks Conrad: Expectations are very high. By all accounts he’s supposed to be be better than Sam was when Sam came in. Sam played 26 min per game and averaged 9 and 5 as a freshman. From everything we’ve seen and heard about him this offseason, I feel it’s very fair to expect Joey’s freshman year to be even better. He seems capable of taking over a game offensively and I don’t think his youth will prevent him from being one of Marquette’s most important players this year.