Class of 2018 top recruit Joey Hauser headed to Marquette, spurns Wisconsin

Hauser is a four-star forward from Stevens Point
Class of 2018 top recruit Joey Hauser headed to Marquette, spurns Wisconsin
Posted at 11:38 AM, Jul 24, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-24 12:38:23-04

Marquette basketball is creating their own set of Plumlees.

Golden Eagles head coach Steve Wojciechowski, who was an instrumental part in recruiting the three Plumlee brothers when he was an assistant at Duke, has brought the same strategy to Milwaukee.

Joey Hauser, the top basketball recruit in the state of Wisconsin in the Class of 2018, verbally committed to Marquette on Sunday. Wisconsin and Michigan State were also in on the 6'8 power forward.

The Stevens Point Area High School (SPASH) junior is currently ranked 35th in the nation by

Hauser led SPASH to its third straight state title this past March, when he dropped 33 points and snagged 21 rebounds in the 85-56 win over Arrowhead. Hauser did miss the first 11 games of the season with an ankle injury, but still managed to average 22.8 points and 10 rebounds once he returned to the floor.

Hauser's older brother, Sam, is a rising sophomore at Marquette. The elder Hauser recorded 8.8 points and 5.0 rebounds per game during his 2016-17 freshman campaign. He also shot 45.3 percent from beyond the arc.

Both Hausers stand over 6'7, meaning they could create a dynamic frontcourt tandem once Joey arrives on campus next fall.

This is not the first time Wojciechowski has plucked a talented younger brother of a player already his roster. In 2015, Marquette snagged top-10 commit Henry Ellenson, the younger sibling of then-Marquette forward Wally Ellenson. Henry averaged 17.0 points and 9.7 rebounds in his lone season in Milwaukee before he was drafted by the Detroit Pistons in the first round last summer.

According to 247sports' Evan Flood, Hauser was the Badgers' last target for the 2018 class. Wisconsin did not come up completely empty with this group of recruits though - four-star shooting guard Tyler Herro has been committed to Wisconsin since last September.