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Where in the world is Jon Leuer?

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At the very least, former Wisconsin forward Jon Leuer is getting a great tour of the United States. At the very best, he's turning some heads and positioning himself as a first-round pick in the 2011 NBA Draft.

Leuer_practice.jpgWith the draft about one month away (June 23 in Newark, N.J.), Leuer is on a whirlwind tour training and working out in front of scouts from all 30 NBA franchises. Leuer began his NBA boot camp with private training in Chicago and Los Angeles, before heading back to Chicago for the NBA pre-draft combine on May 19-20.

In front of scouts and general managers from every club, Leuer went through a series of drills, interviews and tests. Of the 60 players in attendance, Leuer measured as the tallest, at 6-foot-11.5 inches with shoes on (6-10 in socks) and 223.2 pounds.

Here were Leuer's other measurements and test scores:

Wingspan - 7'0"
Body fat - 5.4%
Hand length - 8.8"
Hand width - 9.8"
Standing vertical - 29.5"
Max vertical - 36.5"
Bench Press (225 lb.) - 14 reps
Lane agility - 10.82 seconds
Modified lane agility - 5.34 seconds
3/4 court sprint - 3.36 seconds

Leuer posted the best time among post players (10th-lowest time overall) in the lane agility drill at 10.82 seconds. In addition, only 12 of the other 59 players posted more reps in the 225-pound bench press than Leuer's 14.

ESPN Insider Chad Ford's was among those impressed with Leuer at the NBA combine. Ford tweeted "Jon Leuer tested as a much better athlete than you'd think. 36.5" vert. 10.82 lane agility. 14 reps on bench. Not bad for a 6' 11.5" guy."

During ESPN's telecast of the combine, analyst Len Elmore had positive things to say about Leuer.

"He is an extraordinarily skilled guy for a guy his size, particularly on the perimeter," said Elmore, who was part of the broadcast team that covered UW's Sweet 16 game against Butler. "He handles it, goes to the basket strong and certainly shoots it with range ... this is a guy who has shown time and time again he knows how to score. And he knows also how to be able to play some defense on the perimeter despite being 6-10 ... I think he's got some skill and I think he is worth a strong look in the first round."

VIDEO: Watch Bucks announcer Jim Paschke's interview with Leuer at the combine

After the combine, Leuer has been travelling back and forth from individual team workouts, auditioning for the Oklahoma City Thunder, Chicago Bulls and Minnesota Timberwolves. The reports again seem to point to scouts being surprised by Leuer's athleticism and ability to play on the perimeter.

"One of the things I've been hearing after the workouts is that I'm more athletic than teams thought," Leuer told Minnesota media after his workout with the Timberwolves. "I know I can shoot it. That's always been one of my strengths as a big man."

ESPN.com currently has Leuer rated as the 11th-best power forward and listed as a "first-round bubble pick."

Leuer figures he has somewhere between 10-20 more workouts on the schedule, including the Boston Celtics on June 1. The tour continues...

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