Leading up the season we are doing a countdown of the Top 100 players in college basketball. These rankings are based on a poll made up of 14 CPP writers. These writers span from UCLA to Seton Hall so there is very little bias. Each day we will release the latest player on our ranking with a small write-up. Be sure to check out the rest of the Top 100 articles!
2016-2017 Stats: 14.4 points, 4.4 rebounds, 2.9 assists
Why They Are Here
JP Macura may seem like a glue guy when watching Xavier play but his stats show him to be a key cog for the Musketeers. Macura broke out last year scoring over 14 points a game while playing solid defense. Chris Mack does not run the offense through Macura, who was a third option for most of the year, but Macura finds a way to put the ball in the basket with cuts, offensive rebounds, and in transition. His shooting numbers are not spectacular leaving Macura with room to grow and become more efficient with a better outside shot.
Role on This Year’s Team
Ed Sumner is gone but Trevon Bluiett has come back in hopes of pushing Xavier to the Final Four. Chris Mack has brought in a stud recruiting class starting with point guard Paul Scruggs. Macura will be asked to score a lot in the early going but his role may decrease when the freshman get fully acclimated. Macura will still be the second leading scorer for the Musketeers and a senior leader for a team that has tons of talent and high hopes in the Big East.
College Season/NBA Prospects
Macura does not have one elite skill that can carry him to the NBA. Unfortunately that means he will have to seek a basketball job in the G-League or outside of the United States. It is unfortunate to see such talented players not be able to push their way into the NBA but the league favors raw and athletic young players over developed, older players.
Be sure to check out tomorrow’s Top 100 player.