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J.P. Macura has narrowed his list of schools to Minnesota, Creighton, Xavier, Purdue and Iowa State.
Macura will take an official visit to Xavier on Sept. 6 and likely Iowa State on Sept. 15.
The 6-foot-5 Macura eliminated Butler from consideration when Brad Stevens took the Boston Celtics job.
“I had a good relationship with the new head coach and most of the players when I went on a visit,” Macura told Gopherhole.com. “It is hard to say no to them, but I think it was a good choice because Brad (Stevens) is not there and that is a huge, huge thing for him to be there.”
Doug McDermott will return to Creighton for his senior season.
McDermott explored the option of departing early for the NBA draft, but ultimately decided that returning to school was in his best interests.
Based on evaluations he received from the draft advisory committee, McDermott said, “There was no doubt in my mind that I would have been a first-round pick.''
McDermott's father, Creighton coach Greg McDermott, recommended his son go pro.
“He knew my dream is to play in the NBA, and he just felt that this was too good of an opportunity to pass up,'' Doug said. “But the way I look at it, if I can play in the NBA, I can play there the next year just as well as I can next year.
“I feel there are things I can work on. I feel I can still improve my draft stock by playing in the Big East. There are a lot of areas that I can get better at, and I just felt I'd be more comfortable doing it here in Omaha.''
The thirty candidates for Naismith Men's College Player of the Year were announced on Tuesday.
Anthony Bennett, UNLV Jared Berggren, Wisconsin Trey Burke, Michigan Isaiah Canaan, Murray State Michael Carter-Williams, Syracuse Ian Clark, Belmont Rotnei Clarke, Butler Jack Cooley, Notre Dame Allen Crabbe, California Seth Curry, Duke Matthew Dellavedova, Saint Mary's Jamaal Franklin, San Diego State Sean Kilpatrick, Cincinnati Shane Larkin, Miami Doug McDermott, Creigton Rodney McGruder, Kansas State Ben McLemore, Kansas Shabazz Muhammad, UCLA Mike Muscala, Bucknell Victor Oladipo, Indiana Kelly Olynyk, Gonzaga Brandon Paul, Illinois Mason Plumlee, Duke Otto Porter, Georgetown Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State Russ Smith, Louisville Deshaun Thomas, Ohio State Jeff Withey, Kansas Nate Wolters, South Dakota State Cody Zeller, Indiana