Class of 2014 Bel Aire (Kan.) point guard Lourawls Nairn, the 24th best player at his position according to ESPN.com, is down to three finalists.
Nairn, who plays at Sunrise Christian Academy, will take official visits to Minnesota (Aug. 29-31), Oklahoma (Sept. 6-8) and Indiana (Sept. 20-21) and spoke to Inside the Hall on Tuesday night about each of his finalists.
“With Oklahoma, they were my first offer as a sophomore. They recruited me for a very long time and I have a good relationship with the coaches, so they were always there showing me they care.”
“For Indiana, they’ve recruited me from when I was a sophomore, also. I always stay in contact with Coach Buckley.”
“For Minnesota, they just started recruiting me at the Peach Jam, but I’ve talked to coach (Richard) Pitino and coach (Ben) Johnson just about every day since. They keep telling me how I’d fit in to the offense and the defense, and that’s really stood out.”
On if all three schools are even:
“I hear from Minnesota the most, and then Indiana and Oklahoma. I don’t have them in order.”
On what he’s hoping to get out of these visits:
“I’m just basically looking for a great relationship with a coach. I know every visit is going to be exciting because I’ve never been on an official visit before, so I can’t get my emotions involved. Those three are big time schools and they have big time campuses, so I can’t focus on how the environment is or people going crazy. I just have to go with whatever my heart goes with, and I pray about it, but I think coming out of these visits, I’ll know which one is the best place for me to be.”
On whether he could he commit on a visit:
“I don’t think I’m going to commit on any visit. I’m going to go on the three official visits, then I’m going to sit down with my coach and then after that, then I’ll commit. Even if I feel like I want to go to this school, I’m still not going to say it on the visit. I’m going to come back home, take a week off and then start thinking about my decision.”
On reaching the end of his recruitment:
“I’m not going to lie to you. My recruitment’s been a blessing. I’ve been blessed to be able to play for so many high-major programs, but for me, it hasn’t been stressful at all, because I have a small circle. I’m very thankful to be down to three schools that want me bad enough for me to come in and help their program, but I can’t say it’s been hard for me at all because my two coaches never let me worry about it. It’ll take care of itself. I already put it in God’s hands and I prayed about it, so it hasn’t been stressful for me at all.”