UVA’s Sam Hauser named to NABC Division I Player of the Year Watch List

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WFXR) — Sam Hauser hasn’t played a single minute for Virginia basketball yet but the Cavaliers senior forward continues to gain national attention with the season set to tip-off this week.

The Stevens Point, Wisconsin-native was chosen among 20 players on the 2021 Division I Player of the Year Watchlist, the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) announced on Monday.

Hauser sat out last season after playing three seasons at Marquette. As a junior in 2018-19, Hauser averaged 14.9 points and 7.2 rebounds en route to All-BIG EAST second-team honors. Hauser shot 45.9 percent from the field, 40.2 percent from 3-point range and led the BIG EAST in free throw percentage at 92.4 percent.  Hauser averaged 14.1 points and 5.7 rebounds in 35 games as a sophomore in 2017-18 and 8.8 points and 5.0 rebounds as a true freshman in 2016-17.

The winner will be announced on the same weekend as the NCAA Final Four during the 2021 AT&T NABC Guardians of the Game Awards Show.

No. 4 Virginia opens its season against Maine on Nov. 25. Tipoff at Mohegan Sun Arena is set for 2 p.m. on FloHoops.com.

2021 NABC Division I Player of the Year powered by ShotTracker – Preseason Watch List

  • Brandon Boston Jr., Kentucky (G-Fr.)
  • Garrison Brooks, North Carolina (F-Sr.)
  • Jared Butler, Baylor (G-Jr.)
  • Jalen Crutcher, Dayton (G-Sr.)
  • Cade Cunningham, Oklahoma State (G-Fr.)
  • Ayo Dosunmu, Illinois (G-Jr.)
  • Marcus Garrett, Kansas (G-Sr.)
  • Luka Garza, Iowa (C-Sr.)
  • Collin Gillespie, Villanova (G-Sr.)
  • Sam Hauser, Virginia (F-R-Sr.)
  • Trayce Jackson-Davis, Indiana (F-So.)
  • Keyontae Johnson, Florida (F-Jr.)
  • Corey Kispert, Gonzaga (F-Sr.)
  • Remy Martin, Arizona State (G-Sr.)
  • Evan Mobley, USC (F-Fr.)
  • Jeremiah Robinson-Earl, Villanova (F-So.)
  • Oscar Tshiebwe, West Virginia (F-So.)
  • Trendon Watford, LSU (F-So.)
  • McKinley Wright IV, Colorado (G-Sr.)
  • Marcus Zegarowski, Creighton (G-Jr.)

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