Monday night the Musketeers landed their man, as four-star wing J.P. Macura out of Minnesota made his commitment to Chris Mack and Xavier after an in-home visit. Macura chose Xavier over Creighton and Minnesota, despite many of the recruiting experts predicting he would stay home. Newest staff addition Rick Carter was the lead recruiter for the 6-5 sharpshooter.
Macura will have to add strength and prove he can defend the way Xavier requires, but his offensive game is already well developed. He's an aggressive scorer that has a big reputation as a shooter, and he uses that to his advantage off the dribble by attacking over-aggressive closeouts. He's good at getting to the rim and using his athleticism to finish in transition, and he's got a smooth mid-range game as well. He's confident in his skills and is always looking to score, but when the defense collapses he's a capable passer.
The previously mentioned roster makeup is going to give Macura a legit chance to push for early playing time, and that was a big selling point to him when making his decision. The competitive wing is coming in with expectations to push for immediate minutes. His learning curve and effort on the defensive side, along with his commitment to the weight room, will determine how soon he's able to make an impact.
This is also a huge commitment for Rick Carter. He did a great job of building a relationship with the kid that started while he was at Missouri and continued once he got to Xavier. Once Mack really got the chance to watch him play, he quickly became a priority target, and Carter did an excellent job of turning up the heat and out-recruiting the home state school Minnesota, not to mention Creighton and others. The entire coaching staff capped it off by winning Macura over on his official visit, and the in-home visit Monday that resulted in him committing.
Carter was brought in to help enhance recruiting in some Midwest areas, particularly Illinois, but he's also going to branch out and recruit some areas Xavier hasn't been recruiting in recent years. Landing Macura gives Carter some instant credibility in this regard, proving that his time spent recruiting a state like Minnesota won't be wasted, as he's already shown he can get kids from that part of the country to come to Cincinnati and play at Xavier.
Just earlier this week fans were worried about the shape of this 2014 recruiting class when Justin Tillman popped for VCU. Now, with Macura in the fold, a class consisting of Edmond Sumner, JP Macura and at least one of Makinde London or Sean O'Mara, if not both, is a very likely scenario for Xavier.
Macura filled an important need and gave the Musketeers momentum on the recruiting trail heading into an important weekend of visits.