Pitino calls 6'10 Minnesota star

Jon Leuer, a 6'10, 200 pound forward from Lake Land, Minnesota, is one of the hotter prospects nationally after an outstanding performance at the ABCD Camp last week. Leuer, a sharp-shooter, picked up a bunch of offers last week and also received a call from Rick Pitino. Will the Cardinals be next to offer? InsideTheVille.com spoke with Leuer Sunday afternoon and has the scoop.

Jon Leuer might be one of the most popular people in Minnesota right now.

A 6'10, 200 pound forward from Long Lake, Minnesota, Leuer's recruitment has really started to heat up after an outstanding performance at the ABCD Camp in Teaneck, New Jersey last week. Leuer, who has grown 9 inches in the past year and a half, finished as the sixth best three-point shooter at ABCD.

"(Jon Leuer) is a totally under the radar player," Scout.com national recruiting analyst Dave Telep said. "A skilled perimeter four man, Leuer could wind up being one of those late bloomers who emerges throughout the remainder of the AAU calendar. If you're looking for a stock booster....this is your man."

Since returning to Minnesota, Leuer has picked up a slew of new offers to add to ones he held from Iowa State and Washington State.

"West Virginia, Iowa, Indiana, Oklahoma State and Arizona State all offered me last week," said Leuer.

Rick Pitino also seems interested, though Leuer told InsideTheVille.com on Sunday that the Cardinals hadn't extended an offer just yet. Pitino called Leuer's home last week, and although the player hasn't yet spoken with the Louisville coach, he expects to do so sometime early this week.

"My mom spoke with (Coach Pitino) on the phone the other day, but I wasn't home so I didn't get to speak with him," Leuer said. "I'm supposed to talk to him soon, probably in the next few days."

Though he hasn't spoken with Pitino, Leuer already has a familiarity with the Cardinals program and its coach.

"Obviously, I know they went to the Final Four a couple years ago," Leuer said. "I know Rick Pitino is a really good coach and has proven himself at both Kentucky and Louisville. Any time you get a call from a coach like that it's exciting."

Leuer will play in Las Vegas and Orlando later this month with his AAU team, the Minnesota Magic. You can bet that Pitino, and other high major coaches, will be watching Leuer very closely.

"I'll really start to narrow things down at the end of July," Leuer said, adding that he doesn't have a list of favorites at this point in his recruitment. "Once I do that, I'll probably start lining up some visits in August."

So what's the sharp-shooting Leuer looking for in a college?

"I'm looking for a program with good tradition," he said. "I also want to play for a good coaching staff, and the players are also important because they'll be your teammates for four years. Distance from home really is not an issue."

Leuer is rated the No. 93 prospect nationally on Scout.com's 2007 Top 100 list.


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