F Jon Leuer Picks up Interest after Kingwood

Jon Leuer, a 6-foot-9 forward from Orono, shined this past weekend at the Kingwood Classic in Houston as a member of the Minnesota Magic Elite. His strong play has caused many colleges to contact him since his return. Leuer received his first scholarship offer and has gotten interest from hometown Minnesota.

Jon Leuer averaged 20 points per game as a junior, leading Orono to a 14-12 mark. Leuer has become more of a complete players as he has grown three inches in the past year. He was primarily a perimeter player, but has developed more of an inside game.

Leuer visited Rice University while in Houston along with Magic teammates Blake Hoffarber, Tim Weaver and Eric Carlson. the Owls extended a scholarship offer after he returned home.

Leuer's father, Mike, said that Wisconsin Green Bay, Air Force, St. Louis, Bradley and Princeton have been in contact since Kingwood.

Minnesota head coach Dan Monson and assistant Jim Molinari were in attendance at the Magic games in Kingwood and Leuer went to Minnesota last Wednesday for an unofficial visit.

"They offered him a walk-on deal. Head coach asked him to get in the bunker with him."

Minnesota has had excellent success with walk-ons such as Zach Puchtel, Jeff Hagen and Jamal Abu Shamala. However, Mike Leuer said that his son is hoping to earn a scholarship.

"Jon is looking for a scholarship. He likes to do things in his own way. I paid for my daughters to attend college and he asked if he got a scholarship, if he would get the money saved."

The Minnesota Gophers have just one scholarship available for this year and next season. This has hampered their recruitment somewhat with the Minnesota players in the Class of 2007. However, they are hoping to offer local players a scholarship after redshirting his first season and offering a four year scholarship over five seasons.

"Minnesota would be nice. It's close by and is a good school."

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