Maarty Leunen interview

Maarty Leunen blew up during the recent April basketball tournaments and camps. Now coaches from around the country are starting to take notice of this 6-6 wing forward from Redmond (HS), Ore. Arizona is just one of six schools on his list.

Leunen led his Redmond High team to the state championship and is the favorite to become Oregon's Player of the Year next season.

Arizona recently started to show interest and his play at the Kingwood Classic two weeks ago gave his recruitment a big boost. Leunen had a great camp and might be fielding additional interest from more of the elite schools before the summer camp ciruit ends. Currently, Leunen lists Arizona, Oregon, Oregon State, Cal, Utah and Gonzaga.

He's taken unofficial visits to the two Oregon schools, Gonzaga and Cal but says, "I won't take any official visits or make a decision until this fall."

Arizona got involved when Troy Berry, Leunen's AAU coach, made a call to the Arizona coaches.

"(Portland Elite coach) Troy Berry told the Arizona coaches they should take a look at me," Leunen said. "And it got started that way. So now they're recruiting me." Luenen has been compared to Oregon Duck forward Luke Jackson. At 6-6, Luenen can post up or put the ball on the floor and create a shot. He also has very good range on his jumper. "My strength is my versatility," Luenen said. "I can play inside or outside. But I need to get stronger. I'm in a strength and conditioning program and I lift everyday and take a lot of protein. I just need to put on some weight."

Luenen says his goal is to play in the NBA, but he said he would not choose a school strictly because of its basketball reputation.

"I'm going to look at the academics. I want to go to a school with great academics and get a good education, something I can fall back on after basketball. And I want to play for a great coach."

Luenen will go to the USA Junior Olympic team trials in Colorado Springs in late May and attend the Nike All-America Camp in Indianapolis in early July. Note: Maarty Luenen will be a guest on Cat Tracks on the Air on Wednesday May 14th. Cat Tracks on the Air broadcasts locally in Tucson every Wednesday night from 6-8 p.m. on Fox Sport Radio 1290.

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