The Virginia men’s basketball program has benefited from its Stevens Point, Wisconsin, connection over the years and another link was added Tuesday.
Sam Hauser, who made 246 3-point field goals in three seasons at Marquette, reported on Instagram that he is transferring to UVa.
Hauser, a 6-foot-7 wing, has not graduated and will not be eligible to play for Virginia until the 2020-21 season, he has one season of eligibility remaining.
Hauser recently took a visit to Virginia with his younger brother, Joey, who announced his choice of Michigan State, another school the brothers had visited together.
Sam Hauser was the second-leading scorer this past season for a Marquette team that finished 24-10. He averaged 14.9 points and 7.2 rebounds.
Best known for his perimeter game, Hauser got to the free-throw line for 79 attempts and shot 92.4%.
Rivals.com listed Hauser with 10 scholarship offers out of high school, with Marquette beating out Virginia and Wisconsin among others.
UVa men’s basketball coach Tony Bennett, a Stevens Point resident until his father took the head-coaching job at Green Bay, landed Wisconsinite Paul Jesperson in an early class but Jesperson transferred to Northern Iowa after two years.
The younger Hauser, who stands 6-9 and is heading to Michigan State, averaged 9.7 points and 5.3 rebounds a game as a freshman. He started 31 games for Marquette last season and averaged 29.2 minutes. He scored in double figures 17 times.