Marquette lands top 2018 target Joey Hauser over UW, MSU

MILWAUKEE — The rivalry between Wisconsin and Marquette grew stronger over the weekend after one of the nation’s top prospects, Joey Hauser (Stevens Point), announced his commitment to Marquette Sunday night.

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Hauser is ranked as the No. 1 power forward in the state of Wisconsin and the No. 35 prospect nationwide, according to 247 Sports. He chooses Marquette over Wisconsin and Michigan State, who considered Hauser their top target. Wisconsin was even reported to be holding off on offering any other scholarships for 2018 until Hauser made his decision.

He also had offers from Iowa, Iowa State, Notre Dame, Purdue and Northwestern.

Hauser has asserted himself on the hardwood, helping the Panthers earn three consecutive Division 1 WIAA championships. He’ll have a family reunion of sorts with the Golden Eagles, teaming up his with brother Sam, a sophomore on Marquette’s roster.

Badgers going all-in on 2018 PF Joey Hauser

MADISON, Wis. — The Wisconsin men’s basketball team has just one commitment for the 2018 recruiting class, but doesn’t appear ready to even offer another scholarship until they know what four-star power forward Joey Hauser wants to do.

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Wednesday marked the start of the July recruiting assessment period and all three of Hauser’s top suitors (Wisconsin, Marquette, Michigan State) have been in attendance of his AAU team’s games this week in South Carolina. Hauser led his Iowa Barnstormers with 27 points and eight rebounds in Friday’s second contest of the day.

Being that Hauser is from the Stevens Point area and won national championships on the Kohl Center floor, it would appear the recruiting battle would be Wisconsin’s to lose. But given that his older brother Sam chose to attend Marquette, 247 Sports is projecting a 71 percent chance that the younger Hauser spends his college career as a Golden Eagle.

In addition to the three teams mentioned, Hauser has offers from schools like Iowa, Duke, and Notre Dame. The latter could be a surprise contender, according to the following Tweet:

But in a recent article from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Hauser has been having an internal struggle deciding which school will be the best fit. Author Jeff Potrykus spoke with Hauser’s high school coach, Scott Anderson, who said Hauser seemed poised to make a decision earlier this month, but a visit with his top three schools gave him second thoughts.

“He came back and it was more muddied, I guess is the best way to put it,” Anderson said in the article. “He felt [conflicted] again.”

The 6-8 power forward remains uncommitted, and with Anderson describing Hauser’s decision-making process as “fluid,” there’s no telling when a verbal commitment could be made. Wisconsin, Marquette, and Michigan State each consider Hauser to be their No. 1 target for the 2018 recruiting class.

Bucks to hold throwback game at UW Milwaukee Panther Arena

MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee Bucks will celebrate 50 years of the franchise this season by holding one game at the UW | Milwaukee Panther Arena.

That announcement was made on Saturday during the team’s third annual block party in downtown Milwaukee. The arena, once known as the “MECCA,” will play host to a Bucks game this coming season for a date yet to be determined. The Bucks called the arena home during its inaugural season in 1968 until their final year in the building in 1988.

“What can be more fitting to celebrate 50 seasons of the Milwaukee Bucks than returning to the venue that holds so much of the franchise’s history?” Bucks president Peter Feigin said in a statement. “It’s going to be such a unique and special occasion for our current players to take the court at the MECCA and for our fans to experience the early era of the Bucks.”

The “catch” for fans hoping to take part in this special promotion is that tickets for the game will only be available with purchase of a full season ticket plan. The date and opponent will be unveiled at a later date.

Julius Peppers leaving Green Bay, headed back to Carolina

Julius Peppers is no longer a Green Bay Packer. The 15-year veteran is returning to the Carolina Panthers according to his agent Carl Carey. Peppers spent the first eight years of his career in Carolina.

Peppers was a five-time Pro Bowler with the Panthers before joining the Chicago Bears in 2010 and then the Packers in 2014.

The Packers signed Peppers to a three-year, $26 million contract in 2014 after he was released by the Bears. In three seasons with the Packers, Peppers recorded 24.5 sacks and eight forced fumbles. He went to his ninth Pro Bowl in 2015. As a part-time player in 2016 Peppers still finished second on the team with 8.5 sacks.

Peppers turned 37 in January. He currently has 661 career tackles, 47 forced fumbles, 11 interceptions and 143.5 career sacks.

Brewers begin spring with 11-0 exhibition win over UW-Milwaukee

PHOENIX — A Milwaukee Brewers tradition of meeting with University of Wisconsin | Milwaukee in a spring exhibition resulted in an 11-0 win for the Brewers, thanks to a pair of home runs from top prospect Lewis Brinson.

Brinson drove in four runs with the pair of dingers in his first spring training game with the Brewers. Scooter Gennett added a solo home run, while Jesus Aguilar added a three-run blast to lead the offensive charge.

“He’s got a good approach,” Gennett said of Brinson. “He doesn’t try to do too much. He’s naturally gifted, he’s blessed, so those guys don’t have to do too much. They don’t have to create or try to hit the ball out of the ballpark, it comes natural when they square it up. That was an example of it today.”

Gennett will get work at third base and left field early in spring training while Ryan Braun takes time off (not injury-related). When Braun gets eased into the rotation sometime after the World Baseball Classic, Gennett will take reps at second base.

The Panthers only mustered a pair of hits in the third annual meeting with the Brewers.