Macura on Boilermakers' radar

Purdue coaches will be watching four-star guard J.P. Macura. Playing at the Adidas Invitational in Indianapolis, Macura spoke of his busy recruitment.

INDIANAPOLIS -- Just a few days prior to the start of open evaluation period, J.P. Macura received a phone call from Purdue head coach Matt Painter. The conversation was short but useful.

"[Painter] just said they were interested in me," Macura said. "They'd come out and watch."

Surely enough, for Macura's first game of the AAU season—a hard-fought loss at the Adidas Invitational in Indianapolis—Purdue associate head coach Jack Owens was standing underneath the basket to get a look at the potential Boilermaker prospect.

Owens wasn't alone to watch Macura play. Coaches from scores of high-major schools lined the sidelines for the four-star shooting guard.

"It's great," Macura said. "But you can't focus too much on the coaches on the sidelines. You've just got to play basketball."

Macura's recruitment has already taken off. He currently holds offers from Boston College, Butler, Creighton, Dayton, Florida State, Iowa State, St. Louis, Utah State and Xavier. Several schools like Purdue, Iowa, Minnesota and Notre Dame could be close to offering, too.

For a while, Macura was largely considered a Butler lean, but the recent departure of Brad Stevens has him learning what new head coach Brandon Miller brings to the program. Now, his recruitment has reduced speed.

Macura will take visits during the month of August and hopes to have a decision in September. No campus tours have been set just yet, but if Purdue emerges as an option in his recruitment, he'll have to stop in West Lafayette.

"I'm just hoping to build relationships with the coaches and players—a family-type relationship," Macura said.

During the pressure-packed month of July, Macura is tuning out the distractions and focusing in on his game. He hopes to fine-tune his game while becoming a different type of guard.

"[Coaches] say I need to get bigger and stronger, and then things will happen from there," he said.

Plenty of things could happen for his recruitment, too.

Chris Emma has covered recruiting, college athletics and professional baseball for FOX Sports Next since 2009. Emma covered the Nebraska Cornhuskers and Northwestern Wildcats, and currently covers the Purdue Boilermakers. A Chicago native, he resides in West Lafayette.
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