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Marquette forward Sam Hauser celebrates after defeating Wisconsin in overtime of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018, in Milwaukee. Marquette won 74-69. (AP Photo/Darren Hauck)

Sam Hauser is officially a Cavalier.

Virginia announced on Friday that the 6-foot-8, 225-pound forward has signed a financial aid agreement with the school and is joining the Cavaliers’ basketball program as a transfer after playing three seasons at Marquette.

Due to NCAA transfer rules, Hauser will have to sit out the 2019-20 season. He will be able to practice with the team but not play in games. Hauser will have one year of eligibility for the 2020-21 season.

“We recruited Sam hard out of high school and are certainly excited to add him to the Virginia basketball family,” Virginia coach Tony Bennett said. “Sam is very skilled and is a proven player at this level. The experience and leadership he brings to our program is invaluable. We look forward to having him at UVa for the next two years.”

After this past season, Hauser and his younger brother, Joey, both announced that they would be leaving the Marquette basketball program. The brothers were expected to remain together and transfer to the same school, but opted to split up. Joey Hauser, who just completed his freshman season and will have three years of eligibility remaining, is transferring to Michigan State.

Sam Hauser averaged 14.9 points and 7.2 rebounds for Marquette this past season, earning second team All-Big East honors. Hauser shot 45.9 percent from the field, 40.2 percent from 3-point range and led the Big East in free throw percentage at 92.4 percent. He had six double-doubles and scored in double figures in 28 of 34 games for the Eagles, who finished 24-10 and reached the NCAA Tournament.

“I am really excited to join the Virginia basketball program,” Hauser said. “I have great respect for Coach Bennett since he recruited me out of high school. I feel that UVa provides the best fit for me on-and-off the court to finish my collegiate career. I want to thank Marquette for the past three seasons and I look forward to joining the national champions in Charlottesville.”

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John Shifflett is The Daily Progress sports editor. You can contact him at (434) 978-7250, jshifflett2@dailyprogress.com, or @John_Shifflett.

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