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NCAA Basketball: 8 possible grad transfer candidates to watch for 2023

Mar 16, 2023; Sacramento, CA, USA; Missouri Tigers guard Kobe Brown (24) reacts after scoring a basket agianst the Utah State Aggies during the second half at Golden 1 Center. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 16, 2023; Sacramento, CA, USA; Missouri Tigers guard Kobe Brown (24) reacts after scoring a basket agianst the Utah State Aggies during the second half at Golden 1 Center. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports /
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NCAA Basketball Michigan State Spartans forward Joey Hauser Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
NCAA Basketball Michigan State Spartans forward Joey Hauser Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports /

NCAA Basketball transfer candidate – Joey Hauser (Michigan State Spartans)

2022-23 season stats: 14.4 ppg and 7.0 rpg

The 6’9 forward was a role player in his first three full seasons but became a breakout key piece for the Spartans. He was second on the team in scoring and led them in rebounding, all while shooting a blistering 46% from three-point range.

Hauser’s 23 points and eight rebounds against Kentucky early in the season, one of eight games with at least 20 points this past season. He also had 14 points and 10 rebounds in the NCAA Tournament upset win over Marquette.

Michigan State is in excellent shape for next season, as they’re not only set to return almost everyone from this past season but also bringing in a top-5 incoming recruiting class. That includes consensus five-star forward prospect, Xavier Booker. With Malik Hall already committed for an extra year, the frontcourt will suddenly be crowded next season.

And when you consider that both AJ Hoggard and Jaden Akins could also come back from the NBA Draft process (both are ineligible to transfer now), Hauser’s role could automatically take a dip just via all these pieces. He’s the best pure shooting forward in the draft process and if he opted to take a large role elsewhere, would instantly be a priority target.