Leuer-ed To Badger Country

After what seemed like countless visits and scholarship offers since May, Jon Leuer finally settled in on a school. Once again it was the old gut feeling that was confirmed as he visited a campus and waited until it was the right time to announce his choice.

The feeding frenzy that began in mid-May and took Jon Leuer on a whirlwind tour of campuses across the region ended Thursday night.

The 6-foot-9 senior out of Long Lake (Minn.) Orono Sr. High committed to the Wisconsin Badgers after contemplating a long list of programs that included Iowa, Indiana, Notre Dame and Wisconsin.

Leuer rose from mid-major recruit to No. 89 in Scout.com's most recent rankings. On the strength of a deft touch and a tall shooter's body, Leuer became the hot power forward target to emerge from the spring AAU season.

The prospect said that his style of play was a perfect match for the Badgers, who continue to add Top 100 caliber players to their program under Bo Ryan.

"The past few years they've been highly competitive and I think their system fits my style of play and I can thrive there," Leuer said.

Leuer took a number of official and unofficial trips. However, since visiting Wisconsin's campus he's been fighting and internal battle in which his gut feeling was pushing him toward Wisconsin.

"I guess it wasn't one factor," he said. "All the schools that I was interested in had nice facilities. When I got on Wisconsin's campus I just knew it was the right place for me."

The Badgers were never viewed as a leader at any point until the announcement but that's not to say they didn't work Leuer extremely hard. They built the relationship and remained patient through the process. "We started developing a relationship with the coaches and it was a gut feeling.

"It's the best place for me."

Bo Ryan would have to agree.

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