The Arizona coaching staff has made a commitment to go hard after a talented wing forward from the high school Class of 2004. Marvin Williams is at the top of the Wildcat "wish list" but another player is looking very, very good and is likely to be the focus of lot of attention in the near future.
Not long ago, Maarty Leunen
let it be know that if Arizona
would show some interest he would reciprocate.
You might consider Leunen a sleeper since not many outside the state of Oregon have heard much about him But Leunen, a 6-6 wing forward from Redmond (HS), Ore., led his team to the state championship last season and is the leading candidate for Oregon Player of the Year next season.
Leunen is playing at the Kingwood Classic this weekend and according to those in attendance he's the best wing there. He's a Luke Jackson-type who can stroke the three-pointer or put it on the floor and create a shot. He also plays unselfishly and is a prolific passer. he not a dominat rebounder but has a nose for the ball and goes strong to the boards.
Leunen has Cal, Oregon State
on his list and has taken unofficials to Oregon State, Gonzaga and Cal, who was the early leader.
"I liked it a lot," Leunen of his unofficial visit to Cal. "They have a lot to offer -- San Francisco is right there and the campus is great. The players and coaches were really cool."
That was back in February during an interview with Greg Hicks of PacWest Hoops. With Arizona's involvement you can expect Leunen's pecking order to change.
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