Orono Forward Jon Leuer Picks Wisconsin

Jon Leuer, a 6-foot-10 forward from Orono, committed to Wisconsin after receiving a home visit from Badgers head coach Bo Ryan and assistant coach Greg Gard, according to his father, Mike. Leuer's stock soared after he shined at the Kingwood Classic in Houston and the Jayhawk Invitational as a member of the Minnesota Magic Elite.

Jon Leuer 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.

Wisconsin had gotten into the mix lately as they had recently extended a scholarship offer, but Mike Leuer said that the Badger have been in the mix for some time.

"They had been trying to contact him since June to extend the offer," 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 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.

Leuer was expected to visit Louisville this weekend and had official visits set for Indiana and Iowa the following two weeks.

Leuer had cancelled a visit with West Virginia to go to Notre Dame as he wanted to sign with a school closer to home. Wisconsin is just over four hours drive time from home and will allow him to play in the Big Ten Conference.

Hometown Minnesota was hurt by the fact that they had just one scholarship available, which was first offered to Henry Sibley forward Trevor Mbakwe, who committed to Marquette. Mike Leuer admitted that the Gophers could have landed Leuer months ago, if they would have offered him a scholarship before his stock rose.

The Gophers were also hurt by the uncertainity surrounding head coach Dan Monson, who has led the team to just one NCAA Tournament berth in his time with Minnesota.

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