For fans of the Michigan State basketball program, they can ease the finger on the panic button, at least for a while. Michigan State and head coach Tom Izzo were finally able to secure their first verbal commitment in the 2014 class, and it’s a good one too.
4-star point guard Lourawls “Tum Tum” Nairn Jr. out of Sunrise Christian Academy in Bel Aire, Kansas announced this morning that he will play his college basketball for Izzo and Michigan State. Nairn is a five-foot 11, 180-pound point guard and is rated the no. 61 overall prospect in the country by Rivals. He held offers from top programs like Indiana, Minnesota and Oklahoma, but decided that Michigan State was the place for him.
This was a critical commitment for Izzo, as they had already missed out on two point guards during in this recruiting class in Tyus Jones and Tyler Ulis. Keith Appling is a senior, and Travis Trice will be the only point guard remaining on the roster, so Nairn will fill a much-needed spot.
When you turn on the film of Nairn, you see he fits the typical mold of a Izzo point guard. He is quick and shifty in the lane and posses great ball-handling skills.
Perhaps the most notable thing about him is that he plays with no fear. Time after time again in his highlights, you see him driving the lane and create opportunities for himself and for his teammates and isn’t afraid of contact, which is exactly how Izzo likes his point guards.
For now, the commitment is verbal and nothing is official until Nairn puts his signature on the paper, but this is a solid pickup for the Spartans basketball team.