July 11, 2013
Recruiting: 2014 J.P. Macura
Lakeville North high school and D1 Minnesota guard J.P. Macura has a big month ahead of him as interest from colleges has recently picked up.
The 6’5” rising senior has been thought to be a strong Butler lean, but the decision by Brad Stevens to leave for the Boston Celtics has brought about renewed and new interest from numerous schools.
Macura recently told GopherHole that among the schools he’s heard from since the Stevens news are Miami (FL) and Marquette. Today, word from the D1 Minnesota camp is that Miami has now offered as has North Carolina State. Macura’s opportunities should continue to grow in the coming weeks. [7/11/13 4:40pm update: Macura reports that he has been offered by Minnesota today, his first Big Ten invite.]
J.P. is a dangerous threat from outside and has tremendous range on his shot. However, somewhat similar to what we saw with Josh Oglesby (current Iowa guard; Iowa Barnstormers travel team; high school class of 2011), he also uses his size and aggressiveness on offense. Is Macura a “shooter”? Yes. However, J.P. isn’t just a 3-point specialist who stands at the arc waiting to shoot. He’ll get grimy and physical and it’s that aggressiveness combined with shooting skill that we especially like.
D1 Minnesota is playing at the adidas Invitational in Indianapolis this week. Next weekend, local fans can see Macura and the rest of the talent in the D1 Minnesota program (which inclues several players with strong Minnesota Gopher interest) in Bloomington, Minn. for the 5th Annual Summer Classic.
You can find more information on that tournament at minnesotapumpnrun.com. Also, it’s a good bet that the Czar at http://tchoops.blogspot.com/ will have useful information on teams and players to watch at the tournament.
In addition to the D1 Minnesota tournament next week, Late Night Hoops will be in Las Vegas the following week where D1 Minnesota will participate in the adidas Super 64. One year ago the 17U team made an impressive a run to the tournament’s Final four.