Leuer focused on recruitment after visits

Jon Leuer, a talented 6'10 forward from Long Lake, Minnesota, is clearly focused on his recruitment after making a slew of recent unofficials visits to Iowa, Indiana, Illinois and Louisville. Where do things stand with Leuer's recruitment? Which schools will likely get official visits? What were Leuer's thoughts about his trip to the Louisville?

With AAU summer play behind him, Jon Leuer's focus now is to find a college home.

Last week, the 6'10 sharp-shooting power forward from Orono, Minnesota made a slew of unofficial visits throughout the Midwest, checking out a trio of Big Ten schools and one Big East program.

Leuer, along with his family, took in the sights and met with coaches at Iowa, Indiana, Illinois and Louisville. While he made only a brief thirty minute stop in Champaign, Leuer's other stops were more substantial in nature.

"I liked all the schools that I visited," Leuer said. "None of them really jumped out of the pack though. I'm still trying to find the best fit."

While Leuer wasn't ready to name favorites, he did admit that the trip served an important purpose.

"It did help narrow things down a bit," Leuer said. "I really just wanted to see what each of the schools are like and get some idea what their campuses are like."

So what about his trip to Louisville?

"We were in Louisville for three or four hours," Leuer said. "Coach Pitino was on vacation, but he came back to meet us. I like Louisville a lot. Coach Pitino is a great coach and I liked the campus. It was really nice."

A skilled forward with guard-like ability, Leuer might be just the kind of player Pitino is looking for in 2007.

"Louisville runs and presses a lot and Coach Pitino told me that they need a versatile four man," Leuer said. "He talked to me about their system and how I would fit in."

Leuer also had good things to say about the Hawkeyes and Hoosiers.

"Iowa was nice," Leuer said. "Coach Alford is another great coach. He's played in the Olympics and won a national championship. And I liked Indiana's facilities and Coach Sampson."

Leuer said he'd likely take official visits this fall to Louisville, Iowa and Indiana. Depending on what Derrick Rose decides to do, Illinois could also enter the picture. Leuer also mentioned Kansas, Arizona State, Wake Forest and West Virginia.

"Wake Forest is kind of waiting on another player right now," Leuer said. "I'm probably also going to visit West Virginia."

Rated Scout.com's No. 89 prospect nationally, Leuer felt good about both his team's and his own performance this summer.

"We had a really good run in Las Vegas and Florida," said Leuer, who helped lead the Minnesota Magic to the quarterfinals of the Big Time Tournament in Las Vegas. "I didn't shoot the ball as well as I can in Vegas, but overall I thought I played pretty well this summer."

Leuer averaged 22 points last season as a junior.


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