Pack Offers Macura

Lakeville (MN) North shooting guard J.P. Macura has picked up several new offers in recent weeks, and it has certainly opened up his college recruitment.

Lakeville (MN) North shooting guard J.P. Macura has picked up several new offers in recent weeks, and it has certainly opened up his college recruitment.

"Miami, NC State, Minnesota, and Texas Tech just offered me," said Macura. "I already had offers from Xavier, Creighton, Florida State, Boston College, Iowa State, Butler, Kansas State, Dayton, and Saint Louis.

"It feels good knowing I have all those options. Now it comes down to just finding the best school for me."

Rated the No. 17 shooting guard prospect and a four-star recruit by, Macura is regarded as one of the nation's best shooters. However, he feels there are also other areas of his game where he excels.

"I feel like I can see the floor," he said. "A lot of people think I can just shoot, but I think I have a good ability of passing the ball.

"I'd like to keep working on my defense and getting physically stronger. I also want to keep working on my jumper."

One of the schools that has been on Macura the longest is Butler. He has already officially visited the Bulldogs, who recently lost head coach Brad Stevens to the NBA.

"I really like the school a lot the people there are great people," Macura said of Butler. "I know coach Stevens took the job, but I already had a relationship with coach Miller. He said they are going to continue to do what they did before so I'm still interested in the school.

"I'm confident they are going to be successful."

Macura is also intrigued by Minnesota. The in-state school has a first-year head coach in Richard Pitino, who has impressed Macura.

"It's nice getting that home state offer," he said. "Coach Pitino is a young guy, and I think he's going to turn the program around pretty well. They are going to run the floor and obviously it means a lot to know that I have the option of playing for my home state school."

NC State was one of the latest offers Macura received, and he is familiar with the Wolfpack.

"It's high-level basketball, that league... the ACC," he said. "I've been talking with the coaches at NC State for a while now and they were saying they just needed to watch me play. After they did, they offered me a scholarship.

"It felt good. I've watched them play a few times now and I'm comfortable with how they play."

Macura compares favorably to former Wolfpack standout Scott Wood.

"The coaches talked to me about Scott Wood before," he said. "They told me that I kind of play like him, and they say I can do a lot of the things he has done. They've been telling me about the different ways they used him in their offense."

NC State assistant coach Rob Moxley is recruiting Macura for the Wolfpack.

"I think he's a good guy," Macura said of Moxley. "We've been talking for a while now... just building a relationship."

Macura's recruiting plan is simple. He wants to finish up the summer AAU circuit before taking a few more official visits and picking his college prior to his senior season.

"I haven't set up anymore official visits," he said. "Hopefully after July I can sit down with my dad and figure it all out.

"I want to be done before the high school basketball season. I don't want to wait too long."

Does he have a leader?

"I'm pretty open right now," said Macura. "The main thing is I want to find the right fit for me. Whatever league it's in, whatever state it's in, it just has to be the right fit. That's what I'm looking for."

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