Michigan State Basketball: 3 players who could leave early after 2020-21 season

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Joey Hauser hasn’t played since the 2018-19 season but as a redshirt freshman for Marquette, he was impressive.

Tom Izzo even had some glowing remarks about Hauser this past season, stating how he was arguably one of Michigan State’s best pro prospects even though he wasn’t allowed to suit up for the green and white.

While the 6-foot-9, 220-pounder isn’t the best athlete in the post, he can stretch the floor as a big who can step out and hit 3-pointers. He’s not going to dominate with his post game, but his ability to play inside-out will keep opposing power forwards on their toes and occasionally catch them napping when he steps out for a quick three.

A year under Izzo as a practice squad member will only help Hauser as he knows that he’s going to need to run the floor and defend if he wants to see extended minutes.

If his redshirt freshman season is any indication of the player MSU is getting, the Spartans will have to enjoy the 2020-21 campaign with him because there’s a good chance it’ll be his last.

Hauser averaged 9.7 points and 5.3 rebounds as a freshman with Marquette and those numbers are sure to explode in 2020-21, especially if Xavier Tillman leaves.