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Joey Hauser will exercise extra year of eligibility, return to MSU

April 20, 2022
<p>Redshirt senior forward Joey Hauser (10) defends the ball during Michigan State&#x27;s win over the Davidson Wildcats on March 18, 2022.</p>

Redshirt senior forward Joey Hauser (10) defends the ball during Michigan State's win over the Davidson Wildcats on March 18, 2022.

Photo by Rahmya Trewern | The State News

After over a month of deliberation, Joey Hauser has made a decision.

The redshirt senior forward announced Wednesday morning that he will be exercising his extra year of eligibility due to COVID-19 and return to MSU for the 2022-23 season. Hauser has been a fixture in the Michigan State frontcourt over the past two seasons since transferring to MSU from Marquette. He averaged 7.3 points and 5.3 rebounds a game in split duty at power forward with junior Malik Hall.

It has been an interesting trajectory for Hauser at MSU that has seen him move from being a scapegoat in his first season to an integral cog of MSU down the stretch this year. Hauser’s best basketball at MSU came in the 2022 postseason, including a career-high 27 points in the first round of the NCAA tournament against Davidson.

Hauser’s return will be great news for MSU and Head Coach Tom Izzo. The Spartans have lost two big men, senior Marcus Bingham Jr. and junior Julius Marble II, so far this offseason and will need as many bodies as possible in the frontcourt next season.

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