If there was any doubt that Jon Leuer was one of the biggest talents to come through the University of Wisconsin basketball program, Thurdsay’s NBA Draft should remove it. Jon Leuer became the first Wisconsin Badger since Alando Tucker in 2007 to be selected in the NBA Draft as the Bucks picked Leuer with the 40th overall selection of the draft, the 10th pick of round two. Surely, many Badger fans will be excited to watch Leuer pursue his professional career in Wisconsin.
Leuer was remarkably successful at Wisconsin, averaging 15.4 and 18.3 points in his junior and senior seasons respectively, fantastic numbers in the slow-paced swing offense utilized by Bo Ryan. Throw in 5.8 and 7.2 rebounds per game respectively and 1.3 and 0.9 blocks per game respectively and you have one of the best front court players in Wisconsin basketball history. According to KenPom.com, Leuer was the fifth-most efficient offensive player in the country amongst key offensive players (defined as though who use at least 28% of their team’s possessions).
Seventeen teams worked out Leuer, showing a remarkable amount of interest for a player which some said lacked the athleticism to play in the NBA. It remains to be seen how Leuer’s talents will fit in the NBA, but one would assume if his jump shot can translate to the NBA three-point line (which ESPN’s Chad Ford says it was in workouts), Leuer could go on to have a productive NBA career. Check in with us over the next week at Badger of Honor for more analysis of Jon Leuer’s NBA potential.