Under head coach Bo Ryan’s watch, the University of Wisconsin rarely offers prospects entering their sophomore year of high school. Stevens Point Area power forward Joey Hauser turned out to be an exception.
Popping on his radar at UW’s advanced camp last month, Ryan offered the 6-6 power forward Monday.
“They told me they don’t (offer sophomores) that often but they really like my game and the way I played the couple times they’ve seen me,” Hauser told BadgerNation. “I know how they play basketball, and I’ve been to a couple games when my brother was getting recruited by them. They haven’t recruited me for too long, but I’m sure I’ll get to know them better over the years and get down to a couple games.”
Hauser played in tournaments in Chicago, Minneapolis and Louisville this month. Associate head coach Greg Gard watched him in Minnesota and assistant coach Lamont Paris saw him in Louisville, recruiting stops that happened in part by what he did in their camp.
“When they first saw me at the team camp it was probably one of the first times they saw me play,” said Hauser. “That kind of kicked it off with them coming to watch my games more and it just went from there.”
The Wisconsin offer follows one from Marquette. The Golden Eagles received a verbal commitment from Joey’s older brother, Sam Hauser, in May for their 2016 class.
“They just told me when they offered me that it wasn’t because of my brother,” said Hauser, referring to Marquette. “They told me that they like me because I am a good player and they like my game.”
Acknowledging the differences in style between the up-tempo Golden Eagles and the usually more deliberate Wisconsin, Hauser said his game could fit either style.
“I could run the floor or play in a slower tempo offense,” said Hauser. “I really don’t have a preference.”
In addition to Wisconsin and Marquette, Hauser holds offers from Bradley and Iowa State. He also has started receiving interest from Creighton, Indiana, Northern Iowa and Ohio State in part because of his play this past month.
“I think I played pretty well throughout the July period,” said Hauser. “I am not trying to worry about it too much, just trying to go out and play basketball. (The offers) will come as I get older, so I keep playing hard and keep working. I know I can be good if I keep developing my game and get stronger.”