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Jon Leuer

Jon Leuer
Leuer in March 2013
No. 30 – Memphis Grizzlies
Position Power forward
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1989-05-14) May 14, 1989
Long Lake, Minnesota
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Listed weight 228 lb (103 kg)
Career information
High school Orono (Long Lake, Minnesota)
College Wisconsin (2007–2011)
NBA draft 2011 / Round: 2 / Pick: 40th overall
Selected by the Milwaukee Bucks
Pro career 2011–present
Career history
2011 Skyliners Frankfurt (Germany)
2011–2012 Milwaukee Bucks
2012–2013 Cleveland Cavaliers
2012–2013 Canton Charge (D-League)
2013–present Memphis Grizzlies
Career highlights and awards
Stats at

Jon Leuer (born May 14, 1989) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Memphis Grizzlies of the NBA. He was a 2011 draft pick of the Milwaukee Bucks and played in Germany during the 2011 NBA lockout.

High school career

Leuer was born in Long Lake, Minnesota and attended Orono High School in Long Lake, where he was ranked the 82nd-best college recruit in the nation from the class of 2007.[1] One scouting report read:

"At 6-foot-10, 228-pounds, Leuer definitely needs some time to fill out his frame for high-major competition. Nonetheless, he is a pure shooter with good overall skills with the ball. He can knock down a jump hook and can play off the dribble. He moves well up and down the court, but has a ways to go defensively and as a rebounder. Could be an impact player with his size and unique skill set if he does get stronger."[2]

Another one stated:

"Flew under the radar prior to the spring of 2006. Excellent player from behind the stripe, especially when you consider that he pushes 6-10. Face up four man will need to add strength to reach his potential. Could be an Andrew Brackman type of forward."[3]

His junior year, he averaged 18 points and 8 rebounds per game and earned honorable mention all-state and first-team all-conference honors. He averaged 23.2 points and 12.0 rebounds per game as a senior and was selected to Minnesota State All-star game while landing second-team all-state and first-team all-conference honors. He ended up with 35 double digit scoring games and a career high of 37.[4]

He played AAU basketball with the Minnesota Magic.[5]

Leuer had originally entered high school as a guard, but had a 10-inch growth spurt before his senior year.[4]

College career


Leuer never started, but played in 32 games during the 2007-2008 season. The most points he scored during the non-conference season was 12, but he exploded for 25 (on 8 of 9 shooting) against the Michigan Wolverines in the Big Ten opener. However, after scoring 7 in the follow-up game, Leuer would only score 9 points for the remainder of the season. Much of this spoke to Wisconsin's great depth, as the Badgers would go on to win both the Big Ten regular season, with a 16-2 record, and Big Ten Conference Tournament. They would later advance to the Sweet Sixteen in the NCAA Tournament and finished with a 31-5 record.[6] Leuer finished the season averaging 2.9 points per game and 1.3 rebounds in 8.6 minutes.


Leuer played in all 33 games and started the final 12 games of the year during the 2008-2009 season. He had 13 double digit scoring games including 17 in a victory at Virginia Tech in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge. He had a season high of 19 points against SIU-Edwardsville. He averaged 8.8 points per game and 3.8 rebounds in 21.3 minutes. The Badgers finished tied for fourth in the Big Ten with a 10-8 record, and a 20-13 record overall.[7] They would upset the #5 seeded Florida State Seminoles in the first round of the NCAA tournament before succumbing to the Xavier Musketeers in the second round.[8] Leuer was named to the Academic All-Big Ten Team.[4]


The Badgers went into the 2009-2010 season picked 9th in the Big Ten. However, they upset the Arizona Wildcats and Maryland Terrapins in the Maui Invitational.[9] On December 2, 2009, in a game on ESPN, Wisconsin shocked the #5 Duke Blue Devils (who would be the eventual National Champions).[10] Leuer poured in 17 points on his way to scoring double digits in 13 of the first 15 games of the year. He followed up the effort against Duke with back-to-back double doubles at UW-Green Bay (a career high 26 points and 10 rebounds) and against Marquette University (24 points, 12 rebounds). He would also score 25 against UW-Milwaukee and 21 at Michigan State.[11] Wisconsin was off to a surprising 13-3 start (3-1 in the Big Ten) after a 73-66 upset against #4 Purdue. However, Leuer had an off night against Purdue and only scored 4 points on 2-15 shooting. It was revealed after the game that Leuer had broken his wrist in the first half, yet still played 38 of the 40 minutes in the game. Leuer was ruled out indefinitely and he ended up missing the next 9 games.[12]

When Leuer returned, he was eased back into the lineup, scoring 4 points in his first game back, a loss against the Minnesota Golden Gophers. However, Leuer would score double digits in each of the final five games of the year, including 20 against the University of Illinois, as the Badgers went 4-1 down the stretch and finished 13-5 in the Big Ten, good enough for fourth place and a #13 national ranking. Leuer won Big Ten Player of the week for the final week of the regular season. Yet, the Badgers would lose to the Illinois Fighting Illini in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament and were upset by Cornell in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, despite 14 and 23 points from Leuer respectively.[13]

Leuer ended up leading the Badgers in points per game (15.4), rebounds per game (5.8), and blocks per game (1.33). Due to the wrist injury, he only played in 24 games, starting 22 of them. His .522 field-goal percentage was the highest by a Wisconsin player since Alando Tucker's .533 mark in 2003. He earned honorable mention All-Big Ten, despite missing half of the conference games. He also made the Academic All-Big Ten team for the second straight year.[4]

During the summer, Leuer was selected to be on the USA men's select team, a team of college players hand-picked to help the United States men's national basketball team prepare for the FIBA World Championships. Leuer went with the team to New York City to compete against the likes of Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, and Dwyane Wade.[14] Leuer had been named to the team after impressing Team USA, and Villanova, coach, Jay Wright. When Gary Parrish of asked Wright to name the best college player with the USA Basketball select team, Wright picked Leuer over Kyle Singler, Nolan Smith, Marcus Morris and others.[15]

“He’s really good,” Wright told Parrish. “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.” When asked if he would be an NBA player, Wright answered "yes."[16]

Senior named Leuer their Big Ten preseason player of the year. About Leuer, Luke Winn wrote, "Watch out for Leuer, an ultra-efficient, 6-foot-10 forward who'll be the Badgers' clear No. 1 offensive option for the first time in his career."

On December 28, 2010 the Badgers upset then #13 ranked Minnesota Golden Gophers, 68-60. During the first half of the game, Leuer became the 36th player in Wisconsin Badgers history to score 1,000 points in a career.

On March 1, 2011 Leuer was named to the Yahoo Sports All-Big Ten 1st team.[17]

He was picked to the Third Team All-America by Fox Sports.[18] Leuer was named to the Yahoo Sports All-American Team Honorable Mention.[19]

College statistics

College Statistics
2007–08 Wisconsin Badgers 32 0 8.6 .472 .462 .483 1.3 0.4 0.1 0.1 2.9
2008–09 Wisconsin Badgers 33 12 21.3 .466 .296 .605 3.8 0.8 0.5 0.6 8.8
2009–10 Wisconsin Badgers 24 22 28.8 .522 .391 .720 5.8 1.6 0.5 1.3 15.4
2010–11 Wisconsin Badgers 34 34 33.5 .470 .370 .843 7.2 1.6 0.5 0.9 18.3

NBA career

Milwaukee Bucks

On June 23, 2011, Leuer was selected with the 40th overall pick of the 2011 NBA draft by the Milwaukee Bucks.[20] However, due to the lockout, he signed a contract with the German club Skyliners Frankfurt, which included an opt-out clause.[21] In December 2011, Leuer returned from Germany and signed a two-year deal with the team that drafted him, the Milwaukee Bucks.

Houston Rockets

On June 27, 2012, Leuer was traded from the Milwaukee Bucks to the Houston Rockets along with Jon Brockman, Shaun Livingston and the 12th pick in the 2012 NBA draft in exchange for Samuel Dalembert and the 14th pick in the 2012 NBA draft.[22] He was waived by the Rockets on July 18, 2012.[23]

Cleveland Cavaliers

On July 20, 2012, Leuer was claimed off waivers by the Cleveland Cavaliers.[24] On December 7, 2012, he was sent down to the Cavaliers' D-League affiliate, the Canton Charge.[25] He was recalled on December 20, 2012,[26] and reassigned on January 3, 2013.[27] He was recalled on January 7, 2013.[28]

Memphis Grizzlies

On January 22, 2013, Leuer was traded from the Cleveland Cavaliers to the Memphis Grizzlies in exchange for Marreese Speights, Wayne Ellington, Josh Selby, and a future 1st round draft pick.[29]

On July 15, 2013, Leuer was re-signed by the Grizzlies to a three-year, $3 million contract.[30][31]

On December 3, 2013, Leuer recorded a career high 23 points, along with 9 rebounds and 3 blocks, in a 110-91 win over the Phoenix Suns. He tied his career high of 23 points on January 5, 2014 in a 112-84 win over the Detroit Pistons.[32]

NBA career statistics

Regular season

2011–12 Milwaukee 46 12 12.1 .508 .333 .750 2.6 0.5 0.3 0.4 4.7
2012–13 Cleveland 9 0 10.1 .357 .000 .333 1.4 0.6 0.2 0.0 2.4
2012–13 Memphis 19 0 5.1 .625 .000 .571 1.3 0.2 0.2 0.0 1.8
2013–14 Memphis 49 0 13.1 .492 .469 .787 3.2 0.4 0.4 0.3 6.2
Career 123 12 11.3 .497 .426 .727 2.6 0.4 0.3 0.2 4.7


2013 Memphis 5 0 2.2 .500 .000 .000 0.6 0.0 0.2 0.2 0.4
2014 Memphis 3 0 7.7 .429 .500 1.000 2.7 0.7 0.3 0.0 3.0
Career 8 0 4.3 .444 .500 1.000 1.4 0.3 0.3 0.1 1.4


Leuer is the son of Mike and Holly Leuer, and has two older sisters, Maren and Katie. He was majoring in history while at the University of Wisconsin.[4] As a Grizzly, he garnered nicknames such as Jonny Badger, The Tackle Box and The Based Badger.[33]

See also


  1. ^ "Yahoo Sports: Ranking - Rivals150 2007". Retrieved 2013-10-17. 
  2. ^ "Jon Leuer - Yahoo! Sports". Retrieved 2013-10-17. 
  3. ^ " Jon Leuer Profile". Retrieved 2013-10-17. 
  4. ^ a b c d e Jon Leuer Profile
  5. ^ "Minnesota MAGIC Basketball". Retrieved 2013-10-17. 
  6. ^ "The Official Athletic Site of the Wisconsin Badgers - Men's Basketball". Retrieved 2013-10-17. 
  7. ^ "NCAA College Basketball Players - NCAA Basketball - ESPN". Retrieved 2013-10-17. 
  8. ^ "The Official Athletic Site of the Wisconsin Badgers - Men's Basketball". Retrieved 2013-10-17. 
  9. ^ [1]
  10. ^ "The Badger Herald: News: Badgers shock Duke at Kohl Center". Retrieved 2013-10-17. 
  11. ^ "NCAA College Basketball Players - NCAA Basketball - ESPN". Retrieved 2013-10-17. 
  12. ^ "Badgers lose Leuer with broken wrist".  
  13. ^ "The Official Athletic Site of the Wisconsin Badgers - Men's Basketball". Retrieved 2013-10-17. 
  14. ^ "UW men's basketball: Leuer to train with U.S. national team : Sports". 2010-07-08. Retrieved 2013-10-17. 
  15. ^ "UW men's basketball: Leuer draws praise after cameo with USA Basketball : Sports". 2010-07-28. Retrieved 2013-10-17. 
  16. ^ "UW men's basketball: Leuer lands another stint with USA Basketball : Sports". 2010-08-02. Retrieved 2013-10-17. 
  17. ^ King, Jason (2011-03-01). "Yahoo! Sports’ All-Big Ten Team - Yahoo Sports". Retrieved 2013-10-17. 
  18. ^ Goodman, Jeff (Mar 7, 2011). "Goodman's 2010-11 All-America teams".  
  19. ^ King, Jason (2011-03-07). "Yahoo! Sports’ All-American Team - Yahoo Sports". Retrieved 2013-10-17. 
  20. ^ "Prospect Profile: Jon Leuer". Retrieved October 27, 2013. 
  21. ^ "Jon Leuer signs with Skyliners Frankfurt". August 5, 2011. Retrieved October 27, 2013. 
  22. ^ "Rockets trade for No. 12 pick". June 28, 2012. Retrieved October 27, 2013. 
  23. ^ "Rockets waive Jon Leuer and Jerome Jordan". July 18, 2012. Retrieved October 27, 2013. 
  24. ^ "Cavaliers Claim Jon Leuer Off Waivers from Houston". July 20, 2012. Retrieved October 27, 2013. 
  25. ^ "Cavaliers Assign Leuer to Charge". December 7, 2012. Retrieved October 27, 2013. 
  26. ^ "Cavaliers Recall Jon Leuer". December 20, 2012. Retrieved October 27, 2013. 
  27. ^ "Cleveland Cavaliers Re-Assign Jon Leuer to NBA D-League Affiliate Canton Charge". January 3, 2013. Retrieved October 27, 2013. 
  28. ^ "Cavaliers Recall Jon Leuer". January 7, 2013. Retrieved October 27, 2013. 
  29. ^ "Cavaliers Acquire Speights, Ellington, Selby and Future First Round Pick From Grizzlies". January 22, 2013. Retrieved October 27, 2013. 
  30. ^ "Memphis Grizzlies re-sign Jon Leuer". July 15, 2013. Retrieved October 27, 2013. 
  31. ^ "Jon Leuer To Sign Three-Year, $3M Deal With Grizzlies". July 3, 2013. Retrieved October 27, 2013. 
  32. ^ "Jon Leuer 2013-14 Game Log". Retrieved November 12, 2014. 
  33. ^ Chris Herrington's Pick-and-Pop: The Grizzlies' turnaround, trade reaction, christening "Jonny Badger," and more

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