The wings Coach Wojciechowski has assembled for the 2017-18 season has vast potential. Sam Hauser leads the group with his soft shooting touch and improved strength, but look for all three players below to get plenty of minutes for the rebuilding Golden Eagle program. Get to know the guys below with my player-by-player preview for this promising group.
#10 Sam Hauser (Sophomore)
2016-17 Statistics @ Marquette:
8.8 (PPG) / 5.0 (RPG) / 1.3 (APG) / 45.3 (3PT%) / 32 GP / 26.5 MPG
Sam Hauser started 28 games for the Golden Eagles in 2016 and will be asked to take a larger portion of the offensive load with the losses of Jajuan Johnson and Luke Fischer. It appears that Hauser is ready to shoulder the burden as he prepares for his sophomore campaign. Hauser is a good fit in Coach Wojciechowski’s system with his ability to stretch out defenders with his shooting touch from deep. Hauser filled out his frame in the summer as he will be asked to rebound the ball at a higher rate because of Marquette’s lack in size. There is potential for Hauser to become more of a bruiser with his size offensively and defensively. Hauser is a great finisher at the rim and should be able to take advantage when matched up with the opponents Small Forward. I expect Hauser to be one of the leading scorers for this edition of Marquette Basketball and there should be a noticeable growth in his game having gained plenty of experience in his Freshman season.
#2 Sacar Anim (Redshirt Sophomore)
2016-17 Statistics @ Marquette:
Sacar prepares to suit up once again for the Golden Eagles as he redshirted his sophomore season, after playing 16 games in his freshman year. Sacar used his season off to really improve his game overall and strengthen his body as he sits at 210 pounds, 25 more than he was when he first arrived in Milwaukee. Since Sacar’s body has evolved he will be asked to guard multiple positions and will be given some starts this season also if his offensive game can come around to contribute in certain scenarios. Coach Woj in an interview with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel stated that Sacar during his redshirt season would take the role of the oppositions best player on the scout team helping his overall development with top defenders on him. Sacar was a good shooter at the high school level, but with so many shooters surrounding him on the Golden Eagles roster I think he can be successful driving to the rim with defenses extending themselves to defend the three.
#23 Jamal Cain (Freshman)
2016-17 Statistics @ Cornerstone Health & Tech HS (Detroit, MI):
24.0 (PPG) / 14.0 (RPG) / 4.0 APG
Coach Woj deems Freshman Jamal Cain the best athlete he’s had since arriving at Marquette four seasons ago. His athleticism gives Jamal an immediate role in the rotation with his 6’7 frame and his aggressiveness in the paint. Receiving minutes early in the season it appears that Woj has entrusted Jamal to come off the bench and use his length on post defenders. Offensively Jamal relies on his athleticism to slash past defenders to finish with either hand, but will need to develop his pull up jumper so defenders have to make a decision on how to best defend Cain. There will be some growing pains for Jamal as he adjusts to the speed of high level college basketball, but it will all be beneficial as he matures with the rest of their young core.
#1 Ed Morrow (Junior)
2016-17 Statistics @ Nebraska
9.4 (PPG) / 7.5 (RPG) / 1.1 (BPG) / 51% (FG%) / 24 GP
Ed Morrow will redshirt for the 2017-18 season in accordance with NCAA transfer rules.
#41 Mike Lelito (Redshirt Freshman)
One word to describe the wing position group for the Golden Eagles is athletic. Hauser, Anim, and Cain are extraordinary athletes with offensive skill-sets that should flourish with experience gained this season. Hauser will and should be the focal point offensively for the Badgers as he showed signs of excellence last season. Sam’s at his best when the guards attack the rim and look to dish it out in read and react situations. Hauser’s physical attributes also will come into play this season looking to replace Luke Fischer who held down most of the work on the glass for Marquette last season. Sacar and Jamal will get plenty of clock off the bench for a youthful Marquette squad that is looking for defenders and aggressive slashers to even out with the large number of outside shooters on the team. Sacar can be an immediate factor with this being the third season he will have been in Milwaukee and with his improved strength and skill set off of his redshirt season. Jamal will see the floor as an aggressive rebounder using his athleticism to elevate over defenders. The group will be asked to stuff the stat sheet to help Marquette reach the NCAA tournament in consecutive seasons for the first time since 2012-2013.