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Sam Hauser, who is transferring to Virginia from Marquette, will be eligible for play for the Cavaliers in the 2020-21 season.

The Virginia men’s basketball program has benefited from its Stevens Point, Wisconsin, connection over the years and another link was added Tuesday.

Sam Hauser, who made 246 3-point field goals in three seasons at Marquette, reported on Instagram that he is transferring to UVa.

Hauser, a 6-foot-7 wing, has not graduated and will not be eligible to play for Virginia until the 2020-21 season, he has one season of eligibility remaining.

Hauser recently took a visit to Virginia with his younger brother, Joey, who announced his choice of Michigan State, another school the brothers had visited together.

Sam Hauser was the second-leading scorer this past season for a Marquette team that finished 24-10. He averaged 14.9 points and 7.2 rebounds.

Best known for his perimeter game, Hauser got to the free-throw line for 79 attempts and shot 92.4%. listed Hauser with 10 scholarship offers out of high school, with Marquette beating out Virginia and Wisconsin among others.

UVa men’s basketball coach Tony Bennett, a Stevens Point resident until his father took the head-coaching job at Green Bay, landed Wisconsinite Paul Jesperson in an early class but Jesperson transferred to Northern Iowa after two years.

The younger Hauser, who stands 6-9 and is heading to Michigan State, averaged 9.7 points and 5.3 rebounds a game as a freshman. He started 31 games for Marquette last season and averaged 29.2 minutes. He scored in double figures 17 times.

Doug Doughty is in his 44th year at the Roanoke Times, having produced an estimated 10,000 by-lines, a majority of them on University of Virginia athletics.

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