Minnesota Foward Jon Leuer Gets Big 12 Offer

Jon Leuer, a 6-foot-9 forward from Orono, who shined at the Kingwood Classic in Houston and this past weekend's Jayhawk Invitational as a member of the Minnesota Magic Elite, has received his biggest scholarship offer yet. His strong play has caused many colleges to contact him since his return. Leuer has received eight scholarship offers to date 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 player 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 shined at the Jayhawk Invtiational this past weekend in Lawrence, playing in front of Kansas director of operations Danny Manning, who was watching AAU teammate Cole Aldrich, who had committed to Kansas last fall.

Leuer scored 17, 23, 19 and 21 points in his first four games of the tournament and today received a call from Kansas head coach Bill Self offering Leuer a scholarship, according to his father Mike.

Leuer had 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 said that Wisconsin-Green Bay just offered a scholarship and that Virginia and West Virginia recently called. Air Force, St. Louis and Iowa State had previously offered a scholarship.

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

"They offered him a walk-on deal. Head coach Dan Monson asked him to get in the bunker with him," Mike said.

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."

However, the recent number of offers could hurt Minnesota's chances of landing the talented Orono forward.

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