The third-ranked Michigan State Spartans have high aspirations for the 2019-20 season. But those aspirations will be more difficult to accomplish after Marquette transfer Joey Hauser will have to sit out the entire season.
Hauser was hoping to be immediately eligible to play for Tom Izzo's Spartans this season. But Izzo announced on Thursday that Hauser's appeal to the NCAA has been denied.
"Joey did have a strong case," Izzo said Thursday, via the Detroit Free Press. "And I am devastated, if you want to know the truth."
Hauser is a huge addition for the Spartans and was expected to make an immediate impact this season. The 6-foot-9 transfer from Marquette averaged 9.7 points per game to go along with 5.3 RPG as a freshman for the Golden Eagles last season. His noteworthy play earned him a selection to the All-Big East freshman team.
The forward is already one of Michigan State's best shooters on the team, according to Izzo. Hauser's length and shooting abilities will certainly be missed this season.
As for the Spartans, they've rattled off three straight wins since their season opening loss to Kentucky. One of those three straight victories came against No. 13 Seton Hall last Thursday.
Michigan State gets back on the court next Monday against Virginia Tech in the Maui Invitational. The game will be televised on ESPN2.