* Court vision
* Can put the ball on the floor
* Good three-point shooter
* Good free-throw shooter
* Has a pull-up jumper in his arsenal
* A tweener in terms of position
* Needs to get stronger
Leuer has been discussed as a late first-round, early second-round pick. If he gets into a situation where he’s allowed to develop, Leuer will get stronger and ultimately become a matchup problem. He’s got guard skills, three-point range and at 6-10 the ability to shoot pull-up jump shots. He’ll have to adjust to the bigger, more physical opponents he’ll face in the NBA. Or, if he plays the 3 spot, he’ll have to be able to defend NBA-level speed and quickness. The question is, can he do that?
Leuer was a first-team All-Big Ten pick after leading Wisconsin in scoring and rebounding. He finished his career with 1,376 points, 12th in school history, and his 621 points this season wound up as the third highest total in Wisconsin annals.
18.3 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 1.6 apg, 1.5 tpg, 0.8 bpg, 33.5 mpg, .470 FG, .370 3PT, .843 FT
Wisconsin has never had two first-team All-Big Ten players in the same season until 2010-11. Jordan Taylor was one, and Leuer the other.
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What Insiders Say:
Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan
"If you have a kid the team plays off of, a multiple talent, good things can happen. He's a big who can move. He's versatile, has a good feel for the game, doesn't make a lot of mistakes. He takes accountability very seriously. I kind of like those kinds of guys."
Wisconsin associate head coach Greg Gard
"The next level is trying to find that position for him. Is he a 3 or 4? He’s nimble enough and mobile enough to play a 3. He's as big some of the fours in the league. And he's still young physically and his body isn’t mature yet. That's a great thing in terms of what's down the road for him. He came here at 6-10 and 175 or 185 pounds. He leaves at 225. His upper body and core can put on some more weight yet."
What Outsiders Say:
Milwaukee coach Rob Jeter
"I think with Leuer being as long as he is, you are really not sure if he is a three or a four sometimes, and when they switch, his length is tough. And on the other hand, he just makes shots that really aren’t defendable for us. He catches it in the post and just turns and shoots over the top. I mean other than not allowing him to catch the ball, I am not sure what else we can do, maybe tickle him or something when he catches it, I don't know."
Chris Dortch is the editor of the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook.
|Three-point field goals: 2007-08, 12-for-26 (.462); 2008-09, 16-for-54 (.296); 2009-10, 18-for-46 (.391); 2010-11, 54-for-146 (.370). Totals: 100-for-272 (.370).|