Leaf wants to compete

Although he is secure in his future at Arizona. T.J. Leaf is still looking to compete. Read on to see why that is and more.

El Cajon (Calif.) Foothills Christian forward T.J. Leaf is already committed to Arizona, but still looks for every opportunity to improve his game.

“I like playing with a lot of peers and get to know a lot of guys that I might be playing with in the next level,” Leaf said.

“I also like competing, so any chance I can get to compete with some of the best players in the country, I do it.”

However, the camps and tournaments that Leaf attends now have a different feel.

“It’s definitely different,” Leaf said. “Some other players are reaching out to me and asking me about Arizona.

“Also, I feel like I don’t have as much pressure on me. I can go out there and play with no other worries.”

When watching Leaf, it is apparent that he is going to be very difficult to guard at the next level.

“I do think I am a mismatch nightmare,” he said. “If you put a three on me I can take them on the block and if you put a four on me I can take him outside. Really anyone, I think I can create a good mismatch.

“My game has improved a lot. I feel that pretty much whenever I want I can get by my man and go on the block and get around him there. My shooting consistency, athleticism, defense, and really everything has gotten better.”

Still, Leaf acknowledges he has room to improve.

“I need to get a lot stronger,” he said. “I have been working on that a lot and gaining a lot of weight.

“I am working on a consistent jump shot. If you can knock down a jump shot in college it is going to be a lot harder for teams to guard you.”

As Leaf works to improve, he also has his eye on another part of his future.

“I am doing some recruiting, but I want to keep the names under wraps for now,” he said. “Hopefully we get them.

“When I talk with the coaches, we discuss the other guys in the country we would like to get, what I can do to improve, what is going on with the current team. Pretty much everything.”

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