Michigan State Basketball: Best-case scenario starting lineup for 2020-21

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Michigan State Basketball Starting Five: PF

When Tom Izzo recruited Joey Hauser out of high school, the former four-star was down to Michigan State and Marquette and he decided the latter was a better fit because he wanted to play with his brother, Sam.

After redshirting for a year and then playing in 2019-20, he became one of the best freshmen in the country, averaging 9.7 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.4 assists. He stretches the floor as a sharpshooting power forward, making 43 percent of his shots from 3-point range. He’ll do much more of that in East Lansing.

Deciding to transfer from Marquette after that redshirt season, he broke away from his brother who picked Virginia. He reunited with Izzo at the school that finished in a close second during his recruitment.

At 6-foot-9 and 220 pounds, he’ll be a solid starting option at the four which was a position in flux throughout the entire 2019-20 season.

Hauser is eligible after sitting out the 2019-20 season and the excitement surrounding his potential is through the roof. He’s a true NBA prospect and will give Michigan State a veteran in the post.