The wait is over.
Sam Hauser, the veteran swingman with a penchant for knocking down the long ball, announced he would transfer from Marquette to Virginia on Tuesday via a Twitter post.
“I’d like to thank Coach [Tony] Bennett and his staff for this unbelievable opportunity,” he wrote. “I can’t wait to finish my college career in Charlottesville.”
Hauser, who has one year of eligibility remaining and will likely sit out the 2019-20 season due to NCAA transfer rules, was expected come as a package deal with his younger brother, Joey. But soon after reports that the brothers would transfer to Wisconsin, their home-state school, were debunked, it became clear they might be splitting up.
Indeed, Joey announced Tuesday he would be transferring to Michigan State.
In Sam Hauser, the Cavaliers will get a veteran presence with a proven track record. This past season, the forward averaged 14.9 points, 7.2 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game. He shot 45.9 percent from the floor, 40.2 percent from long range and 92.4 percent from the foul line. Hauser was a second team All-Big East selection.
His commitment means UVa has one scholarship remaining for the coming season. That vacancy could be filled by forward Mamadi Diakite, who declared for the 2019 NBA Draft but has left open the possibility of returning to Virginia. Diakite has until Wednesday night to pull his name from the draft pool.
Virginia could very well look even more different by 2020-21, when Hauser will likely be eligible to play. Diakite and guard Braxton Key’s eligibility will have expired, leaving Hauser as one of the most experienced players on the roster.