It's naturally assumed that Joey Hauser (Stevens Point, Wis.) is going to end up at either Marquette or Wisconsin. His brother, Sam Hauser, is a freshman for the Golden Eagles. Hauser also has family ties to the Badgers, the team he grew up cheering for.
Coming straight from Hauser's mouth, he remains wide open. "I'm keeping my options open," Hauser told NY2LASPORTS.COM. "Staying close to home is not really a big priority for me. I have to have the right fit. I'll make sure when it comes down to it, I'll find the best spot."
Hauser has offers from Wisconsin, Marquette, Purdue, Michigan State, Northwestern, Virginia, Iowa, Nebraska, and Iowa State among others. The Badgers have a commitment in 2018 from Tyler Herro (Whitnall) and are looking to pair Hauser with the four-star shooting guard.
"I've never played with him, so it would be a learning experience," said Hauser. "But he's a great player and he'll be great for that program. He talks to me a lot about Wisconsin. He's talking about how much he thinks I'd fit in."
Hauser's father player college basketball at Minnesota-Duluth along with the father of Wisconsin 2017 commit Brad Davison. Fellow UW commit Kobe King has also been in Hauser's ear.
"Brad is a pretty good friend of mine," said Hauser. "We talk a lot on the phone. I talk with Kobe a lot too. Coach Gard (Greg Gard) thinks I can play with these guys right away as a freshman. But we've definitely talked about development and the guys they've done that with like Frank Kaminsky and Sam Dekker."
The four-star power forward maintained that Iowa, Marquette, Michigan State, Virginia, and Wisconsin were the five schools recruiting him hardest. Coming off a high ankle sprain during the football season, Hauser's lone visit this season was to see Marquette take on Wisconsin at the Bradley Center.
"It was an incredible experience," he said. "It was a good game. Marquette is young right now and Wisconsin got the best of them at the end. It's two great programs."
It's not set in stone, but Hauser felt he'd be able to visit Wisconsin on Sunday for their clash with Indiana. Duke has also started to pick up their interest and spoke with Hauser before the season.
"They told me to be patient," said Hauser. "They couldn't really see me a lot this summer. They said they'll stay in touch and try and come up for a game during the high school season. If not, they'll see me in the summer."
Notre Dame, Indiana, and North Carolina have also expressed interest this winter. The consensus top 50 prospect could make a decision following the spring.
"If I really feel confident where I want to go, I'll commit in the spring, otherwise I'll do it after AAU," he said.
Hauser plays with the Iowa Barnstormers during the travel season.