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NBA tour winding down, Leuer works out for Bucks

Leuer_Jon_NBA_Bucks_Workout_110621.jpgJon Leuer's whirlwind tour of the nation in advance of Thursday's NBA Draft is winding down, and the former Badger was back within the borders of Wisconsin on Tuesday to work out for the Milwaukee Bucks.

Leuer was of six players to work out in Milwaukee and proved he is certainly on the radar of the Bucks, who have a first-round pick at No. 10 and a second-round selection at No. 40.

The 2011 NBA Draft is set for 6 p.m. Thursday, live on ESPN and online at ESPN3.com.

Coverage of Tuesday's workout, thanks to Betsy and the staff at Bucks.com...

- Video: Interviews with Leuer and Bucks scouting director Billy McKinney

- Photo Gallery: Tuesday Workout

Jon Leuer

On his workout schedule...
"This was lucky number 16. I have one more left in Dallas tomorrow. I'm feeling good. It's definitely been a lot of travel and a grind, but I'm enjoying it. You only go through this process once, so you just have to try to enjoy it and prove yourself every time you step out onto the court."

On if he knows which teams are more interested in him...
"Talking with my agent, there are teams that like me, but you never know. Like I said, until you hear your name called, nothing's for certain. While I have these opportunities to step on the court and try to compete and prove myself, that's all I'm focused on right now."

On skills that he's surprised teams with in workouts...
"I think that's one thing: my athleticism. Just showing I can move well for a big man, how skilled I am. Defensively, I'm solid. I can rebound, just all those things I'm trying to show myself every time I step on the court."

On if Wisconsin's coaching staff has helped through the process...
"I've talked to them a lot - Coach (Bo) Ryan, Coach (Gary) Close, Coach (Greg) Gard - they've been great for me, developing as a player these past four years. They've had guys go through this process before, so I've just been picking their brains. They've been telling me what to do, what not to do, so they've given me great advice so far."

On if his mid-range game is helping him in the workouts...
"Yeah, I think so. As a big, to be able to put the ball on the floor and knock down a pull-up jump shot, there's not a lot of bigs that can do that so that's something that I think sets me apart a little bit from other guys in this draft."

On today's workout...
"It went well, it went really well. I was really the only big, there were a lot of small forwards. I was matched up a lot with Tobias Harris and Chris Singleton, guys that are really good and have proven themselves. I felt like I held my own and did really well against them. I was able to do some things. Overall, it was a good workout. We got after it, we competed and now it's on to the next one."

On if there was anything different in this workout compared to others...
"If you lose, you have to run down and back. That's the biggest difference. You should be penalized for losing, I guess. That's the only difference. Most of the workouts are pretty similar."

On if he feels the Bucks are interested in him...
"I hope so. The Bucks are a great organization and would definitely be a good team to play for. Right now, like I said, it's hard to say who's real high on you. You can only control so many things."

On if it would mean a lot to stay in Wisconsin and get drafted by the Bucks...
"Yeah, it would. It would be cool. The people up in Madison, the Badger fans, have been great to me over the last four years and they're one of a kind. I loved my time up in Madison. To stay in Wisconsin and stay with these fans would definitely be a great honor."

Bucks Director of Scouting - Billy McKinney
On today's workout...
"We had a really good workout today, six players in again. Jon Leuer from Wisconsin, Chandler Parsons from Florida, Marshon Brooks from Providence, a very good scorer, Josh Selby, Chris Singleton and Tobias Harris, from the University of Tennessee, came out as a freshman. The last workout today was a good workout, but you can really start to see the fatigue that the players are having from the workouts that they've had. Talking to the players at breakfast this morning, each of the players had about 13 workouts so they're all ready for the draft, as are we."

On Wisconsin's Jon Leuer...
"(There is) not much to dislike about Jon, the way he plays. Of course, being in our backyard, we've had an opportunity to watch him play quite a bit. We call him a stretch four that also has the ability to score out of the low post. He's a little better athlete than people give him credit for, a little better shooter than people think he is. We like him. Of course, we're not thinking about him with the 10th pick in the draft. Potentially, every guy here at the workout today has an opportunity to possibly go in the first round."

On if the Bucks would take Leuer at No. 40...
"If he's at 40, I think it's kind of a no-brainer for us. But that's doubtful with the workouts that he's had so far and the way he's performed that he will be there with our 40th pick."

On if Leuer is moving up in the draft...

"With a player like Jon, who has the size and the skill set that he has, he's going to be a very valuable asset to the team that drafts him."
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