Lakeville (MN) North shooting guard J.P. Macura has picked up several new offers in recent weeks,…
Macura talks recruiting
Four-star wing J.P. Macura was a popular target at the adidas Invitational. Many schools were lined up to watch him all week long, and he came away with a big offer. Now the D1 Minnesota prospect is looking to improve the rest of the month. At 6-foot-5 Macura is a shooter with length, but he is trying to show he is more than someone who only makes shots. Macura, who has long arms, has some big goals for July. "I'm just trying to show that I can see the court very well and that I can shoot the ball," said Macura. "I am just trying to get as many offers as I can and help my team get as many wins as we can." Schools like Butler, Dayton, Minnesota, Xavier, Purdue, Marquette, Iowa State, Boston College, St. Louis, and many others were watching Macura this week. At this point Macura has only taken one official visit, and that was to Butler. The visit came before Brad Stevens left for the Boston Celtics, but Macura says he is still heavily considering the Bulldogs. "The official was great," said Macura of his Butler trip. "I met all of the players and the coaches. They were all really nice guys. I liked their facilities. I haven't talked to Coach Stevens since he left, but I built a good relationship with Coach (Brandon) Miller and he called me and told me they would be doing the same thing they did last year and that they are still very interested." A big offer came from Minnesota, and for Macura it was an honor to have his home state school calling on him. "It felt great," said Macura. "It is always good to get an offer from your in-state school. That is just respect. I think I will go out and visit them because it is only 20 minutes from my house so I can see the coaches and the players a lot." Another school that tracked him quite a bit was Xavier, and Macura has already built a strong relationship with their coaching staff. "The history of the program is good," said Macura of Xavier. "They are always in the tournament. I have built a close relationship with Coach (Rick) Carter. He was recruiting me at Missouri, and now he is recruiting me at Xavier. I really like that dude a lot." For now the plan is for Macura to play out July and begin taking more official visits starting in August. When it comes to what will put one school over the top for his commitment, Macura has a good idea of what he is looking for. "It will be my relationship with the players and the coaches," said Macura. "I don't want to be there with any bad kids and have a bad experience while I am there."
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