Jon Leuer Continues to Attract Interest

Jon Leuer, a 6-foot-10 forward from Orono, visited Notre Dame this past weekend and attended the Fighting Irish-Penn State football game. Notre Dame head coach Mike Brey and assistant head coach Sean Kearney stopped by Orono Tuesday and Minnesota head coach Dan Monson made a home visit Monday. GoldenSports.Net caught up with Leuer's father, Mike, to learn the latest on the visit recruitment.

Jon 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.

Mike said that his wife Holly and Jon that they enjoyed their visit to Notre Dame.
 
"It was great. How can you not like Notre Dame? Notre Dame is Notre Dame. The academic program and school is every mother's dream."
 
Mike said that Jon is expected to make another visit this weekend.
 
"We are scheduled to go to Louisville, unless he decides before then. I'm half kidding. We'll know by tomorrow. I think that he needs a little more time before he is ready to make his decision."
 
Mike said that Minnesota head coach Dan Monson stopped by for a home visit Monday.
 
"I thought it went well," Mike said.
 
Leuer confirmed that Minnesota has one scholarship available for his son or AAU teammate Blake Hoffarber.
 
"It is first come, first serve."
 
He admitted that is an unusual situation to have one scholarship available to two players who are AAU teammates.
 
"It is a little bit of an awkward situation. They have developed a good friendship. Both know that they picked after Trevor (Mbakwe). That's O.K. Trevor was offered a long time ago. Everyone is trying to get the right fit. Everybody knows the game plan. Jon is not ready to decide right now."  
 
Minnesota extended a scholarship offer recently to Leuer after missing out on Henry Sibley 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 met 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 (where he was scheduled to visit last week before deciding to go to Notre Dame instead) and Arizona State.


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