Jon Leuer Gets Gopher Offer

Jon Leuer, a 6-foot-10 forward from Orono, received a scholarship offer after an unofficial visit with Minnesota head coach Dan Monson yesterday afternoon, according to his father Mike. Leuer was accompanied by his mother Holly and father Mike.

Minnesota extended a scholarship offer to Jon Leuer after missing out on Henry Dibley big man Trevor Mbakwe earlier this month. Mbakwe picked Marquette. The Gophers have 12 players on scholarship this season and have a commitment from Leuer's AAU teammate Al Nolen, which has put them on a scholarship crunch.

Leuer meet with the Gopher coaches in the spring and had talked about having him walk-on for a year and then receiving a scholarship. That possibility held some interest before Leuer shined at the Kingwood Classic in Houston and the Jayhawk Invitational as a member of the Minnesota Magic Elite and received scholarship offers from schools such as Iowa State, Iowa, Indiana, West Virginia and Arizona State.

Mike feels his son will take some official visits before making his college choice.

"I think that after he makes three or four visits, he'll be close to making a decision."

He plans to visit West Virginia Sept. 9, Louisville Sept. 16, Indiana Sept. 23 and Iowa Sept. 30.

Leuer visited Iowa, Indiana and Louisville earlier this month and is expected to make an unofficial visit to Notre Dame.

"My wife thinks Notre Dame would be a great school to go to," Mike said.

Leuer was measured at 6-10 1/2 with shoes this summer. He averaged 20 points per game as a junior, leading Orono to a 14-12 mark. He has become more of a complete player as he has grown nine inches in the past two years. He was primarily a perimeter player, but has developed more of an inside game.

Leuer played in the Reebok ABCD and camp in July and with the Magic Elite in the Big Time Tournament in Las Vegas and the AAU nationals in Orlando. The Magic Elite advanced to the quarterfinals of the Big Time Tournament.

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