Maarty Leunen, the versatile 6-foot-9, 210-pound forward from Redmond, Ore., is preparing himself for a busy September. With his final four of Gonzaga, Oregon, Oregon State, and UCLA, Leunen has finalized all his dates for in-home and official campus visits for next month as he gets closer to making a decision before basketball season starts.
The original plan was that Leunen would have made an official visit to Oregon by this time and had a second trip to Oregon State later this week. However, plans do change and Leunen has a new schedule. He was still planning on making an unofficial visit to OSU this Thursday for the Beavers' football home opener against Sacramento State, but the Booth and Bear Butte fires in Central Oregon has made the travel situation difficult.
"The fires have shut down the roads so I'd have to take an hour detour to get there (to Corvallis)," said Leunen. "So I don't think I'm going to do that anymore."
Instead, Leunen will wait and host OSU head coach Jay John on an in-home visit on September 9th. Then his schedule will go into full force. From September 12-14 he will make his official visit down to UCLA. He returns home on the 15th for an in-house visit from Oregon head coach Ernie Kent. On the 16th, the Leunens will host Gonzaga head coach Mark Few. From September 19th-21st, he will then return the favor by officially visiting the Gonzaga campus.
From September 23-25, Leunen will make his official visit to the University of Oregon. He will then immediately make his official visit to Oregon State from September 26-28. He will then come home to Redmond and host UCLA on an in-home visit on either the 29th or the 30th. At that point, Leunen will gather everything together and hopefully come up with a final decision in the month of October.
This new schedule will allow Leunen to visit schools such as Oregon and Oregon
State while students are on campus. Had he made his official visits to those schools with the previous itinerary, he would have gone while school was out.
In the meantime, Leunen is spending the last part of his summer relaxing at home and hitting the golf course regularly. School at Redmond will start on September 3.
Jed Tai is a senior writer with Hoopville.com