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Joey Hauser, WIAA win, AP photo

Stevens Point's Joey Hauser, second from right, kisses the Division 1 championship trophy after Point beat Arrowhead 85-56 in the finals at the WIAA boys' state basketball championships on Saturday, March 18, 2017, in Madison.

The University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team had one highly touted in-state player in its 2018 recruiting class and hoped to add another.

But the Badgers’ top target for that spot — Stevens Point forward Joey Hauser — announced Sunday evening on Twitter that he had chosen Marquette instead.

UW and Michigan State also were in the running for Hauser, who has helped lead Stevens Point to three consecutive WIAA Division 1 state championships. Hauser earned first-team All-State honors as a junior, capping off the season with 33 points and 21 rebounds in an 85-56 victory over Hartland Arrowhead in the title game.

Coach Greg Gard and his staff had hoped to pair the 6-foot-8 Hauser with Whitnall guard Tyler Herro in the Badgers’ 2018 recruiting class. Herro and Hauser are both considered top-50 recruits nationally.

But Hauser chose to play with his brother at Marquette. Sam Hauser is a sophomore swingman for the Golden Eagles.

 

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