In-state small forward becomes Marquette’s first 2016 commitment

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Sunday proved to be a good one on the recruiting front for the Marquette program. Hours after former UNC Asheville guard Andrew Rowsey announced that he was transferring to the Big East program, 2016 small forward Sam Hauser announced on Twitter that he’s decided to remain in his home state.

The 6-foot-6 Hauser, who hails from Stevens Point, Wisconsin, picked Marquette after officially visiting the school this weekend. The commitment comes one week after he officially visited Virginia, and he also held offers from programs such as Creighton, Iowa State and Richmond.

“Sam Hauser has a tremendous skill level for a forward and is a great in-state addition for Marquette,” NBC Sports recruiting insider Scott Phillips said. “He shoots the ball well and has a high basketball IQ for a player of his class and position.”

Hauser will join a program that will not have a senior on its roster in year two of the Steve Wojciechowski era in 2015-16. Among those who Hauser will compete with for opportunities upon his arrival in Milwaukee are Minnesota transfer Wally Ellenson, who will be a redshirt junior in 2015-16, and rising sophomore Sandy Cohen III.

This summer Marquette adds one of the nation’s top recruiting classes, a quintet led by five-star forward Henry Ellenson (Wally’s little brother). Another note regarding Hauser is that he’s the older brother of Joey Hauser, a 6-foot-6 forward in the Class of 2018 who’s already on the receiving end of interest (and offers) from Division I programs.