4. Michigan State basketball: What does Joey Hauser add to the offense?
One area of the Michigan State basketball offense that has been missing for a few years is a true stretch-four. Jaren Jackson and Miles Bridges offered that capability for a bit before going pro, but last season’s Spartans did suffer a bit from not having a new stretch-four.
That should change with Joey Hauser, who is eligible after sitting out last season following a transfer from Marquette. Hauser was a solid role player for the Golden Eagles two years ago, averaging 9.7 points per game and 5.3 rebounds a night.
The biggest area where Hauser will make an impact is on the perimeter. During his one year at Marquette Hauser knocked down 42.5 percent of his three-point attempts, a skill that should help out Michigan State basketball considerably.
Having a guy like Hauser stretch the floor should really help the Spartans’ spacing, which was a bit problematic in the middle of the season. In an era where spacing is critical, having Hauser eligible will be very important for Michigan State basketball.
The Spartans can also use Hauser as the five in small-ball lineups, which would allow Izzo to construct units with an emphasis on perimeter shooting. The number of ways that Hauser can impact Michigan State basketball seems limitless.