Jon Leuer Most Impressive in Team USA Workouts

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Yesterday, Villanova Head Coach Jay Wright named University of Wisconsin standout Jon Leuer to the 10-man Select Team that will train against Team USA in New York Aug. 9-13, preparing them for the FIBA World Championships.

In a recent interview with Gary Parrish of CBSSportsline.com, Wright declared Leuer the best college player at last month's camp in Las Vegas.

"Maybe I haven't followed him as well because he's from the Midwest,
and maybe he wouldn't surprise anybody else. But he's got great size, he
puts it on the floor, he passes it, he can shoot it. He's just a
ballplayer," Wright said.

I recently had a conversation with Leuer, and discussed what he's doing to improve his game.

By Paul M. Banks and David Kay

"I definitely want to improve my shot, being able to put the ball on
the floor and being a presence down low, being able to score in the
post," he said.

Leuer, a 6'10", 240 pound senior power forward led the Badgers in
scoring (15.4 points per game) and rebounds (5.8 per game) last season.

"The swing offense definitely allows a big to step out and shoot it,
allows freedom to make plays, definitely works to my strengths," Leuer
said about his success in the system.

The strengths in Leuer's game:

  • Inside/outside threat
  • Range out to the three point line
  • Can create his own shot, pull-up off the dribble and hit jumpers
  • Great use of ball fake to create space between defender
  • Variety of moves on the block
  • Effective turnaround jumper
  • Able to post up smaller defenders, take bigger defenders off the bounce
  • Weaknesses:

  • Must become stronger
  • Needs to be more aggressive on the glass
  • Struggles at times guarding more physical or quicker players, getting him into foul trouble
  • Player Summary Leuer is an extremely versatile power forward
    for someone his size. Some scouts absolutely love his skill level and
    believe he is a first round lock. Others are not quite as sold. Leuer
    has shown steady improvement during his time at Wisconsin and if he can
    prove to be a more dominating player during his senior season, there is
    no reason to think he does not get numerous first round looks.

    Player Comparison: Ryan Anderson. Despite being 6-10,
    Anderson relies more on his perimeter game at the next level which is
    something Leuer should be able to take advantage of as well. Both
    players have more finesse games than bringing physicality to the power
    forward position, but their versatility is what allows them to stand
    out.

    As for Leuer's favorite player...

    ""I always liked Kevin Garnett a lot, he's a tough competitor, has a
    lot of different post moves, definitely someone I can try to learn
    something from."

    Written by Paul M. Banks, President and CEO of The Sports Bank.net , a Midwest focused webzine. He is also a regular contributor to Chicago Now, the Chicago Tribune's blog network, Walter Football.com, the Washington Times Communities, Yardbarker Network, and Fox Sports.com

    You can follow him on Twitter @thesportsbank and @bigtenguru

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