Sam, Joey Hauser to transfer from Marquette

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Marquette suffered a brutal blow on Monday as brothers Sam and Joey Hauser announced that they are transferring out of the program.

Sam, a 6-foot-8 junior, averaged 15.1 points, 7.2 boards and 2.3 assists this past season. Joey is a 6-foot-8 redshirt freshman that averaged 9.8 points and 5.2 boards. They both shot better than 40 percent from three this season.

This is the kind of loss that can cripple what was such a promising season for the Golden Eagles. Last week, Markus Howard announced that the will be returning for his senior season, which vaulted Marquette to No. 4 in the NBC Sports preseason top 25.

Without the Hausers, Marquette will be a borderline top 25 team. That’s how good they are and how important they are in allowing Marquette to play small and punish teams that throw multiple defenders at Howard.

The brothers immediately become the top transfers available.