Nairn picks Michigan State

Michigan State picked up a much needed point guard on Thursday, as Lourawls Nairn, or Tum Tum as he's known to most, committed to Tom Izzo and the Spartans.

Michigan State didn't offer Lourawls Nairn a scholarship until mid-September. Despite being late to the recruitment, the Spartans were able to reel in a commitment from Nairn on Thursday due to an immediate connection with Tom Izzo.

"That's the crazy thing about it, I never felt like I didn't know him," Nairn told Scout.com. "As soon as we talked, it was like a match made in heaven. We are the exact same people. Everything he told me wasn't always about basketball."

"Even though it was late, it wasn't always basketball, basketball, basketball," he added. "The biggest thing he said to me was that he was going to make me a better person and that was big for me."

Prior to Michigan State's involvement, Indiana, Minnesota and Oklahoma were vying for his services.

"It was a God thing for me," Nairn said. "I took all my visits, but there was something different when I went there. The players were always together. The players put their arms around me and say ‘Tum lets do this' and that meant a lot to me."

"The situation there is unique because they need a point guard, but they already have a point guard," he said. "Coach didn't promise a starting spot or anything like that. He told me the situation and said they needed one. It just felt like home."

Niarn, who is better known as Tum Tum, said his visit to Michigan State the weekend of September 14th sold him on becoming a Spartan.

"I knew it was the place for me as soon as I talked to coach Izzo," Nairn said. "We had some great conversation. I knew I didn't want anyone to coach me in college basketball other than him."

"It's perfect for me," he added. "They run and they set a lot of ball screens and that's my game."

The 5-foot-10 point guard is Michigan State's first commitment of their 2014 class. He's ranked as the No. 23 point guard in the class.


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