Primer: Lourawls Nairn Decision

2014 guard Lourawls Nairn will make his announcement Thursday at 11 a.m. EST. Get everything you need to know here.

Lourawls Nairn, a 2014 guard from Bel Aire (Kans.), will announce his college decision at 11 a.m. EST Thursday. This primer should get you ready.

THE BASICS: Nairn is a 5-foot-10, 175-pound point guard. He's a three-star prospect and is the 23rd-ranked point guard in the 2014 class.

Nairn is a strong leader -- Indiana coach Tom Crean told him he's the best leader he's seen since Michigan State's Mateen Cleaves -- and he's got explosive speed. Nairn excels at getting to the basket, but needs to continue to develop a more reliable outside jump shot.

THE SUITORS: Indiana, Minnesota, Michigan State and Oklahoma. He's taken official visits to all four.

THE RECRUITMENT: Indiana assistant coach Tim Buckley has been recruiting Nairn for more than two years. The Hoosiers didn't offer until recently, but they've known of Nairn for some time.

Indiana has told Nairn that it didn't recruit him to be a backup point guard and has worked hard to show him he could coexist with current point guard Yogi Ferrell. Ferrell spoke with Nairn on his official visit last weekend and told him they could be the fastest backcourt in the country. It's safe to say Nairn's comfort level with the Hoosiers only increased on his visit.

What seems to be different about Indiana's recruitment of Nairn is the IU staff believes he can shoot the ball, he just doesn't look for his shot enough. Nairn said Crean "loves my shot," and he didn't express the same sentiment about the other three schools.

THE DECISION: There's no doubt this will be a tough decision for Nairn to make. Oklahoma has been recruiting him the longest, Michigan State can offer him a starting point guard job immediately, and Indiana's pitch is also appealing to him.

I'm going to stay away from making any predictions, but it appears to be a two-team race right now between IU and Michigan State.

THE AFTERMATH: Some people wondered after Indiana secured a commitment from Robert Johnson last week whether the Hoosiers would continue to pursue Nairn. I can tell you Indiana still wants Nairn, and it wants him bad.

Getting a commitment from him isn't quite as important as getting one from Johnson was last week, but guards with the leadership qualities of Nairn don't come around all that often. Top Stories