UVA forward Sam Hauser announced via Twitter on Thursday night that he plans to pursue “the next level” of basketball and won’t return for a final, optional year of eligibility with the Cavaliers next season.
Hauser, a grad transfer from Marquette, was a redshirt senior but had the chance to return to Charlottesville because of the extra year of eligibility offered by the NCAA related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead, he says he’s pursuing “the next step in my career,” presumably via the NBA draft.
The 6-foot-8 Hauser, who joined UVA in 2019 but played only one season with the Cavs after sitting due to NCAA transfer rules. He averaged 16 points to go with 6.8 rebounds this past year. He shot 59.6% from the field and 41.7% from 3-point range.