6-5 shooting guard JP Macura has verbally committed to join the Musketeers next year. While this does nothing to fill the one open scholarship remaining this year, it does give Coach Chris Mack another very skilled recruit for the 2014 season. The Lakeview North (Minnesota) senior called choosing Xavier "the best choice of my life" and said he was very comfortable with the coaching staff.
What Macura does best is shoot the ball. Blessed with a good sense of where to be on offense, Macura has range well beyond the arc and the confidence to shoot it from back there. That doesn't mean that the rail thin 185 pounder can't get to the rim, but his slight frame will certainly need to fill out before he becomes a real menace in the lane. Rising rapidly on the scouting boards, Macura has seen himself listed in the top 25 shooting guards by both Rivals and Scout. Offers from Butler, Creighton, Miami (Fl), Minnesota, and Kansas State, among many others, were not enough to pull the guard away from Coach Mack.
Media members took to Twitter to almost unilaterally praise the addition:
Like the Xavier commitment of JP Macura. Another late riser to the mix.— Dave Telep (@DaveTelep) September 10, 2013
Very good get for Chris Mack RT @EvanDanielsFOX: JP Macura tweeted that he committed to Xavier.— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) September 10, 2013
What a journey for @jpmacura - since the day I met him, haven't seen a kid work so hard on their craft. Xavier is getting a good one in JP.— Coach Carroll (@CoachNACarroll) September 10, 2013
Elite shooters are at a premium at the high-major level and Xavier got one in JP Macura— Trevor Andershock (@INBBallSource) September 10, 2013
With one spot still open, this is how the scholarship chart currently stands:
It should be noted that the current long range shooter on Xavier's roster, Myles Davis, had surgery to repair a mild cartilage tear in his knee. Dr. Robert Burger performed the procedure and expects Davis to be 100% for the start of the season.