Jon Leuer Receives Official Big 12 Offer

Jon Leuer, a 6-foot-10 forward from Orono, received an official offer from Iowa State while attending their team camp this past weekend, according to his father Mike. Leuer shined at the Kingwood Classic in Houston and the Jayhawk Invitational as a member of the Minnesota Magic Elite.

Jon Leuer has received scholarship offers from Air Force, St. Louis, Iowa State, Rice, UWGB, Arizona State and Bradley.

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 was measured at 6-10 1/2 at Ames this past weekend.

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 recently received an invitation to play in the ABCD and Nike All-American camps in July. Magic Elite will play in the Big Time tournament in Las Vegas and the AAU nationals in Orlando.

Leuer's father said that Virginia, Iowa, Indiana, Minnesota and West Virginia have expressed interest. Indiana wants him to attend their camp and he will attend the Minnesota team camp for the second straight season.

Leuer said that Minnesota, which is limited in its number of scholarships, is still appealing to his son.

"I think so, because they are local. There are some advantages to staying in Minnesota."

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 previously told GoldenSports.Net.

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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