BY MARK CONCANNON | PHOTO BY DAVID SZYMANSKI
Sam Hauser, a 6-foot-7-inch forward on the Marquette University men’s basketball team, quickly became a Golden Eagles fan favorite. He scored 14 points in his first collegiate game against Vanderbilt University, and he was named the Big East Freshman of the Week in mid-November.
After growing 7 inches in eighth grade, Hauser was sought after by many college coaches. He led Stevens Point Area Senior High to the 2015 Division 1 state title, and his size, quickness, ability to run the floor and three-point range make him a versatile offensive weapon — and a potential nightmare for opposing defenses.
“Sam gives us something different,” says Marquette head coach Steve Wojciechowski. “He’s got good size. He’s not a post player, per se, but he’s got the size where he can play a post position.”
Hauser says moving from Stevens Point to Milwaukee and Marquette University last fall has been a great fit.
“With the campus being so close to downtown, there are a lot of great activities,” he says. “And being part of the team is awesome. The university culture is great. Everyone here is so nice. It’s like a home away from home.”
10 Things You Didn’t Know About Sam Hauser
(who wears jersey No. 10)
1 He’s not the best athlete in his family. “That would be my sister, Nicki (who is on the volleyball team at Southern Connecticut State University).” Hauser says. “She, my younger brother, Joey, and I had quite a few friendly games of one-on-one in our driveway.”
2 He loves watersports. “My family does a lot of boating, tubing and skiing on Lake DuBay (in Stevens Point).”
3 He enjoyed chemistry class in high school. “I liked the labs, mixing chemicals together and getting a chemical reaction. That was pretty cool,” he says.
4 He had a high school job as a pizza cook at Two Lakes Restaurant. “I made a mean sausage and mushroom (pizza),” Hauser adds.
5 His favorite Milwaukee hangout is downtown’s Who’s on Third sports bar. “I love their cheese curds,” he says.
6 Someone from his family attends every home game and many away games. “My parents went to our games in Georgia and New York,” Hauser says. “My grandparents come to a lot of games. I needed 12 tickets to the Wisconsin game for family and friends.” (Some of his high school buddies attend UW-Milwaukee.)
7 He’s met Aaron Rodgers. “He was signing autographs at a grocery store in Green Bay,” Hauser says. “He wasn’t as famous then. He was still the backup quarterback.”
8 His favorite basketball player is Memphis Grizzlies forward Chandler Parsons. “I really enjoy watching him on the court,” says Hauser. “I model my game after his.”
9 His favorite TV show is “Friends,” with Joey being his favorite character. His favorite actor and the person he’d most like to meet is Will Ferrell. “I like every movie he’s done,” says Hauser.
10 He’s afraid of heights. “I’m OK when I’m in an airplane, and I went up in the Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower) with no problem, but I do get nervous sometimes the higher up I go,” he says.
Hauser says his short term-goal is to get better every day. Long term, he wants to make the most of the college experience. He’s doing plenty of that already. Whether he’s hanging out with his teammates or taking part in a university-led community service project and buying toys for homeless children in Milwaukee, Hauser is taking nicely to his home away from home.