Jon Leuer received high praise from Villanova men's basketball coach Jay Wright after his performance in a recent USA Basketball training camp in Las Vegas.
On Monday, Wright underscored his flattering assessment of the University of Wisconsin standout by naming Leuer to the 10-man Select Team that will train against Team USA in New York City from Aug. 9-13 as it prepares for the FIBA World Championships.
Leuer, who will be a senior this fall, led the Badgers in scoring (15.4 points per game) and rebounds (5.8 per game) last season.
In a recent interview with Gary Parrish of CBSSportsline.com, Wright singled out Leuer as the best college player in the camp in Las Vegas.
“He’s really good,” Wright said. “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.”
Two other Big Ten Conference players — JaJuan Johnson of Purdue and Mike Tisdale of Illinois — also were named to the training squad, which includes Shelvin Mack (Butler); Kyle Singler (Duke); Chris Singleton (Florida State); Nolan Smith (Duke); Howard Thompkins (Georgia); Kemba Walker (Connecticut); and Chris Wright (Dayton).