Michigan State basketball's Joey Hauser announces return to Spartans for 2022-23 season

Michigan State basketball’s Joey Hauser announces return to Spartans for 2022-23 season

Michigan State forward Joey Hauser Wednesday announced that he will return to play for the Spartans during the 2022-23 college basketball season. Last year, in 35 games, Hauser averaged 7.3 points and 5.3 rebounds per game. Hauser started his collegiate career at Marquette before transferring to Michigan State after just one season. After sitting out in 2019-20, Hauser has appeared in 63 games with 45 starts over the last two years for the Spartans.

“I have loved playing college basketball and being part of the Michigan State family has meant so much to me over the last three years,” Hauser wrote. “There have been challenges along the way, but getting to play a full season and have the experiences we did this past year helped me realize my decision to come to Michigan State was the right one for me.

“After talking with my family and to Coach Izzo and the staff, I’ve decided that I’m going to be back with my teammates on the court next year. We’ve got goals we want to achieve and I can’t wait for this season ahead.”

Prior to his collegiate career, Hauser was a 247Sports Composite four-star recruit out of Stevens Point (Wis.) Stevens Point Area Senior High. He was also the No. 52-ranked overall player, the No. 10-ranked power forward and the No. 2-ranked player in the state of Wisconsin in the recruiting class of 2018.

The Spartans finished 23-13 last year and 11-9 in the Big Ten Conference. They earned a bid at the NCAA Tournament as a No. 7 seed where they defeated No. 10 seed Davidson in the first round, winning 74-73. In the second round, Michigan State was bounced by the No. 2 seeded Duke Blue Devils, 85-76.

This college basketball offseason has been headlined by players swapping teams at an extremely high rate thanks to the new transfer portal rules. Joining ESPN’s 102.5 The Game — a Nashville, Tenn., radio station — Izzo outlined his concerns over the modern college basketball landscape, with a particular focus on the transfer portal.

“I don’t think it’s great for the game and I think there’s drawbacks,” Izzo said. “I think it’s bad for the kids. … I think kids are making a lot of bad decisions because we’re teaching them that the minute something goes tough, to get the hell out of dodge. I saw Clark Kellogg on the TV the other day said something great. He said, ‘To grow, it takes rain and sunshine.’ If you translate that, it means, if you just have all sunshine, the plant doesn’t grow. If you just have all rain, it doesn’t grow. You’ve got to fight through some adversity. You’ve got to have some tough times. You’ve got to have some rainy days. Those are illegal now. If there’s a rainy day, I’m getting the hell out of dodge. Then we’ve got kids transferring and they don’t even know where they’re transferring to. The problem is when they do transfer — though somebody transfers to Michigan State and then all of a sudden I get two more transfers.

“We’re afraid of competition and competition is what you do everyday of your life. You guys are competing with some other radio station there. You have to learn how to compete. So I’m sure there’s a positive here and there. I really am. But the unintended consequences of what we’re left with, to me, are going to be hard on the game a little bit. But nobody cares about that. I think it’s going to be worse on the players. You’ve got guys at two, three different schools. Four different schools. Where does he hang his hat at the end?… 90% of the transfers are not pros. That’s the reason I struggle with it. I struggle with it because I think it’s going to affect the players and the kids. I think most people think it’s giving them freedom. My dad didn’t give me a lot of freedom. I know that and I turned out okay, so we’ll see what happens.”

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Will Backus contributed to this report.

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