Sharp shooting big man Jon Leuer has had eight schools on his list and all but his home state school had offered. Now the 6-foot-10, 200-pound forward from Orono, Minn., has an offer from the Gophers.
Coach Munson offered Leuer the scholarship while Leuer was on the Minnesota campus Wednesday for an unofficial visit. As exciting as it was for Leuer to receive the offer, he played down the idea that Minnesota is now the leader in his recruitment.
"It's great to get an offer from my home state school, but this doesn't necessarily make them my leader," said Leuer. "Distance from home is really not a factor for me. I'm just looking for the best fit with the right system and the right coach. Playing in a system that gives the four man freedom to go outside is important. Playing in a running system that scores points would be best for me."
Seven other schools, including West Virginia, Louisville, Indiana, Iowa, Iowa State, Notre Dame and Arizona State, join Minnesota on Leuer's list.
Already having made a round of unofficial visits, Leuer heads to Notre Dame next week for an unofficial visit. Coach Herb Sendek of Arizona State and Coach Steve Alford of Iowa are scheduled for an upcoming school visit. Kansas, who is in a bind scholarship wise, is also working to set up a visit with Leuer.
Official visits have been set for West Virginia, Louisville, Indiana and Iowa on consecutive weekends in September.
Leuer did note, however, that a decision could possibly occur before October.
"If it feels right, it could be earlier," he said. "It could be to a school I visit, or it could be to another one."
Leuer, the No. 72 ranked prospect in the Rivals150, played an integral in the Minnesota Magics run to the semifinals of the Big Time in Las Vegas.
Jon Leuer scouting report:
At 6-foot-10, 200-pounds, Leuer definitely needs some time to fill out his frame for high-major competition. Nonetheless, he is a pure shooter with good overall skills with the ball. He can knock down a jump hook and can play off the dribble. He moves well up and down the court, but has a ways to go defensively and as a rebounder. Could be an impact player with his size and unique skill set if he does get stronger.