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Xavier 2017-2018 player preview: JP Macura

The Chaz Michael Michaels of Xavier basketball is back for his senior year; what does he have in store?

NCAA Basketball: NCAA Tournament-Second Round-Florida State vs Xavier
"Get that bird out of my face before I break its neck."
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What can I tell you about JP that you don't already know? Recruited out of Minnesota as a great shooter and potentially dynamic scorer, he has developed into exactly that. JP boasts range limited only by his confidence, the bounds of which we seem yet to fully explore. He's an incredibly creative finisher from at and around the rim, but he also packs the athleticism to simply clear defenders on his way to the tin.

For all his ability to get buckets, JP is at his best when he isn't hunting shots. He averaged five more shots per game during Xavier's six-game losing streak than he did during the rest of the season, and neither he not the team was better for it. His impulse to make up for the absence of Trevon was understandable, but it ultimately didn't pan out.

Best case scenario

It all comes together for JP. At different points he has been a slasher, a gunner, and a creator on the offensive end. When he's in his bag, there's nobody quite like him in the country. If he can keep it all going at the same time, the sky's the limit for him this year. Throw in some havoc at the top of the 1-3-1 and his usual friendly interactions with opponents and you've got a Xavier legend.

Worst case scenario

Injury. Beyond that, only impatience can derail JP this year. He doesn't entirely have to wait for the game to come to him, but it doesn't behoove him to chase it, either. He can take what the defense gives him and get his buckets regardless; only forcing his way in makes him a less efficient weapon.

Most likely scenario

JP goes out with a bang. The dude has no shortage of signature moments on his reel already, and the combination of his natural swagger and his senior year lets him add to that. For good and occasionally ill, JP is right in the middle of things for Xavier this year.