Pitino offers 6'10 Leuer

LAS VEGAS – Jon Leuer, a 6'10 PF from Minnesota, now has an offer from Louisville coach Rick Pitino. After a breakout performance earlier this month at the ABCD Camp, Leuer had a solid, though inconsistent week in Vegas. The Louisville coaching staff tracked Leuer closely in Vegas all week and InsideTheVille.com's John Curtis has the latest.

You would think that a four point, 0-10 shooting performance would be enough to get a player down on himself. But it didn't keep Jon Leuer from finishing strong in Las Vegas.

A few hours after struggling from the field in a 62-47 win over the AFE Wizards, Leuer bounced back to lead the Minnesota Magic to the elite eight in the Reebok Big Time Tournament, scoring 13 points and grabbing 6 rebounds in a win against the Illinois Wolves who were led by Evan Turner and Demitri McCamey.

After the game, Leuer was in good spirits.

"It's a good feeling, I finally got some shots to fall," Leuer said.

During the contest, Leuer connected on 6-8 from the field, mostly from the perimeter where he prefers to hang out. Leuer has grown 6-7 inches over the past year so he has perimeter skills that you just don't see in most guys his size.

Louisville watched 6'10 Jon Leuer
closely in Las Vegas.

Leuer sounded pleased with his team's effort this week to reach the quarterfinals on one of the summer's biggest stages.

"It's been fun," he said. "A lot of people had written us off because we are without Cole Aldrich (Playing with Fox Valley) but we (kept) working hard and playing like a team."

Since a breakout performance at the Reebok ABCD camp earlier this month, Leuer's recruitment has really started to heat up. He's hearing the most from Iowa, Iowa State, Indiana, West Virginia and Louisville. Recently, Rick Pitino offered the 6'10 forward a scholarship, to go with the one's he's received from the Hawkeyes, Cyclones, Hoosiers and Mountaineers.

Louisville assistants tracked Leuer all week in Las Vegas, and he said he plans on setting up some official visits this fall and has no timetable for a decision.

"(Leuer's) one of the toughest guys out here to get a read on," said Scout.com national recruiting analyst Dave Telep. "His skill level is tantalizing and his stroke is high-major though he didn't shoot it well in Vegas overall. He remains a very good long-range prospect but clearly needs strength, as evidenced by two guards on his team out rebounding him for the course of the event."

Leuer's dream of a Big Time Tournament championship ended as the Minnesota Magic fell to 6-9 UCLA commit Kevin Love and the SoCal All Stars in the quarterfinals.

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