The Iowa basketball team not only missed out on a top transfer target that was initially interested but then he signed within the B1G. Meet Joey Hauser.
To say the Iowa basketball team’s offseason has been rough would be an understatement. They’ve lost a few guys to transfer and to injury, and they’ve missed out on multiple interested transfer targets that would have seriously helped bolster the talent on this squad.
The first big transfer miss, DJ Harvey, at least went to the SEC where the Iowa basketball team will likely never see him again. Another, Joey’s older brother Sam, went to the ACC where he will play with Virginia.
Joey, however, not only spurned the Iowa basketball team after expressing interest initially and even going as far to say that he was going to visit the campus, but he did it a second time when he officially committed to play for Tom Izzo and the Michigan State Spartans.
Surprisingly, it could have actually been worse. As late as last week, both brothers were rumored to be committing to the University of Wisconsin, which would have really been a dagger for the Iowa basketball team.
While the Hawks don’t need to worry about facing Joey Hauser this season in their lone matchup against the Spartans in East Lansing, they will the following three years, and that’s a little scary.
In his first season with Marquette, Hauser started 31 of 34 games, averaging 9.7 points per game and 5.3 rebounds per game. He also shot 42.5% from behind the arc on three attempts per game for the 24-10 Golden Eagles.
As far as the Iowa basketball team goes, the search continues, and it’s been a quite search at that. They’ve been linked to basically nobody over the last few weeks despite possessing multiple open scholarship spots on the 2019-2020 roster.
There are still a few guys left on the transfer market that could provide immediate help, and there is always the weird possibility that Isaiah Moss could actually come back to the Iowa basketball program after Arkansas picked up another graduate transfer guard in former SMU player Jimmy Whitt Jr.
At this point though, the outlook is pretty gloomy that the Iowa basketball team will be bringing in any needed reinforcements in the backcourt.