Lourawls Nairn commits to Michigan State

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On Thursday morning at his high school, Sunrise Christian Academy, class of 2014 Bel Aire (Kan.) point guard Lourawls Nairn committed to play for Tom Izzo and the Michigan State Spartans.

Nairn also considered Minnesota, Oklahoma and Indiana. The point guard is rated No. 119 in the country according to the 247 Composite Rankings.

  • Kenneth234

    There is a reason to throw out all sorts of offers. When you have needs at multiple positions, and every recruit has the option of going somewhere else whether you offer or not, you must have back up plans. This is my opinion and not CTC, but I believe this kid was a back up plan if we missed on Whitehead, and Johnson. He is not the type of player that you want to sign, just to crowd the scholarship crunch, and when there is less of a need for his position. The last open scholarship should go to either a wing or a post player, not a point guard. Especially one that is under 6′ tall.

  • drewheck

    If goodluck and Robinson commit and if by some slight chance we get either exum or Blackmon we will either see some transfers or some academic scholarships be used to free up athletic scholarships so overall nothing to worry about just business as usual for the Hoosiers

  • Hoosierfanfromcali

    Yup so true, I wouldn’t want another 6 foot under player it wold just be another nightmare reminding me again of the Syracuse game lol.

  • CheesyHoosier

    I find it interesting how Nairn is ranked 20 spots above Phil Booth, but a lot more of Hoosier fans wanted Booth to be a Hoosier than Nairn (myself included.) I think Lourawls will definitely contribute as a 4-year player at MSU who we will loathe to play against.

  • Kenneth234

    I don’t think that utilizing academic scholarships in place of athletic scholarships is a legal practice once a player has been on an athletic scholarship.

  • Rie

    You’re absolutely right, I was more so just expanding upon what you said for converv to get a less formal grasp on the situation.

  • Rie

    It is because people here hate smaller guards after the Syracuse game. I don’t agree with these people at all, but to each his own. That, and his bad shooting, but I think natural point guard skills are harder to develop than a jump shot. He would have been a good get for our program, but at the same time, I never was attached and have moved on. Also, if Crean is pursuing a guy, I think that player immediately warrants support from the IU fan base. If not for the player, then for Crean’s recruiting history and expertise.

  • Erik Holm

    Yup. We’ll have Yogi on the block all day posting him up. Yeah…that sounds like a great game plan.

  • SCHoosier

    I think people are figuring out that he apparently has no adult supervision/help in his recruiting process..and is a bit of a head case. He can play…maybe will accompany Rodman to North Korea next trip?

  • Oldguyy

    And some that aren’t so good, like Nix, Appling, Sommers, Lucious, just off the top of my head.

  • IUMIKE1

    When he says North I think he means where MSU is located.

  • Joe D

    I truly wish there was a way that I, or others like me, who know Indiana would have away to talk with these kids (perhaps not the ins and out of the BB program, but IU). I think there is great benefit having people outside the program talk to these kids about what going to IU will do for them and why it can be such a great fit/experience that will last a lifetime. I do not know if this is “legal” under NCAA rules, but I will bet I could talk at least one recruit Coach Crean and his program would like to come to IU that might not have otherwise. Dimensionalizing the IU experience in a way related but yet still outside of the BB program could be of real value to these talented young men. As far as Nairn goes, this kis and several like him that have recently passed on IU are going to miss out on a wonderful experience by not attending IU. If Crean did not need him, so be it. If he did, I wish I could have talked with this and some of the other kids.

  • drewheck

    I didn’t mean to type it that way was on a hurry at work but they will figure it out

  • IUMIKE1

    Not trying to say it is a plus or a minus, just wondering, isn’t Edwards a little on the short side as under 6 foot in actual height ?

    Signed Too Lazy to Look it Up

  • hoosier1158

    Only if you purchased IU bumper stickers within the last 100 years.

  • hoosier1158

    I agree, a short point guard can play only one position. Look for guys that can play multiple positions. Like RJ, he can play 1 or 2. Noah can play 4 or 5. That gives you options.

  • AZIU71

    Now will focus on Edwards or Coleman for 2015. For 2014 Devin Robinson book it, Goodluck probable, Exum or Blackmon possible but not likely.

  • Corey Dunigan

    I feel so bad for you.

    My parents vacation on Kentucky lake for a large part of the summer. Remember the biggest difference between IU and pUKe is the fan base. I always say the same thing. The difference between a pUKe fan and an IU fan is simple. If the IU starting five showed up on my front porch, I would invite them in for dinner. If they had their starting five show up on their front porch, they would call the police or just shot them.

    I love wearing my IU stuff down there…and the local kids are really awful at pickup games. I’m just saying.

  • Ole Man

    I don’t think we’ll “loathe” playing against him. MSU could offer more playing time than IU could. Plus, he’d better be worth about 7 or 8 assists per game because he won’t score in double figures too often.

  • Chris

    Why do you think Devin Robinson is a lock? 247sports has a much higher probability for Goodluck Okonoboh committing to IU.

  • Ole Man

    Yes; I have posted my thoughts before, John. Which is why Hanner was joking/poking at me with his comment.
    And it seems you cut and pasted them.
    But, I don’t really get your point; if you had one.

  • BluegrassHoosier

    People in Evansville have been telling me for a year that JL is overrated. Not surprised he dropped. Doubt we’ll wish we had him. JBJ is a different story.

  • AZIU71

    Got some feedback on Robinson’s visit at ND last weekend.

  • mark

    rankings, shmankings! Whenever I read people discussing them on this site, and especially sizing up IU’s recruits in terms of them, I recall Butler’s 2 consecutive NCAA championship game runs … how many of those guys were ranked in the top 100? None, I think. Enough said.

  • DamienO

    He isn’t good enough to fill one of our scholarship spots. We don’t have enough to take a gamble on someone that is out of state and the top 100.

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    Who said anything about posting him up?

  • CreamandCrimson

    For what it’s worth…Hyron Edwards is currently listed at 5’11″. Jalen Coleman and Bryant Crawford are both listed at 6’2″.

  • CreamandCrimson

    Yes, and Brian is saying that Nairn isn’t going from a place in the South. Mainly, his comment was that Kansas and Michigan aren’t terribly different in climate.

  • CreamandCrimson

    Just curious…what’s Appling done to make him a “not so good” kid?

  • ScoopGeoff

    It’s the exception to the rule Mark… It’s not impossible to win and be successful and compete for championships and go to Final Fours without 4 and 5 star ranked talent, but you better have an amazing coach, an amazing system, the right chemistry, a bit of luck…

    There is a lot more wiggle room when you have great talent. How many Final Fours do you think Butler will be going to in the 10 years following that impressive 2 yr run? I’m going to go with zero…

    You know why MSU and Duke and UNC and Kansas and Kentucky and Florida compete year after year? Because they combine 4 and 5 star talent with competent coaching.

  • ufo3

    He is a 5’9″ PG who can’t shoot. Back off of Tum Tum and don’t let him drive, force him to take a low percentage shot from the perimeter, which is essentially a turnover. Post him up when he is on defense. Late in a close game foul him and send him to the line to brick another FT. Tum Tum would be good in a pick up game on the blacktop where driving and layups are the offense, but not in the B1G with bigger players with length and equal athleticism and quickness, and where you have to shoot Free Throws. His role will be interesting to watch at MSU. I would much rather have Goodluck and Robinson. The state of Indiana always has an abundance of guards to recruit, so in the future there will be many more options.

  • ufo3

    He can’t shoot. Foul him late in the game until they take him out as liability.

  • Erik Holm

    Uhhhh, me. ^

  • Ole Man

    Don’t know why they took down my response, but….
    Thanks for cutting and pasting my thoughts.
    I haven’t changed them.
    Whatever point you were trying to make is missing.

    Hanner was picking/playing with me, which is fine. Thought what he said was funny and had some substance.

    Still don’t get your point.

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    I follow you now. My bad. In my original comment my intent was towards more of a track meet/Yogi picking his pocket deal. I see now you meant you wanted to see Yogi posting him up. Not a bad idea actually, and good point.

  • Erik Holm

    I was kinda joking since Yogi’s size isn’t really post up worthy, but against shorty like Lou, it may work out.

  • jmoney

    I definitely hope we get Goodluck, but I still want JBJ. I know that Devin Robinson might be able to fill the void somewhat if Vonleh leaps to the NBA after his freshman year, but Blackmon will be a big scorer in college wherever he goes. He reminds me of Jay Edwards on the court; just a cold-blooded sniper. I know we already have a similar player with Johnson in the bag, but you can never have too many guys that can put the ball in the bucket.

  • marcusgresham

    This cat looks like Don Cheadle’s little brother.

  • sarge

    I can agree with these because i still think landing blackmon, goodluck, or robinson would be huge at this point to go along with the ever improving robert johnson. all the recruits still on our board at this point, exum included, would be welcomed additions.

  • marcusgresham

    I’d suspect the last two letters of those initials are what’s attractive about UNLV.
    Well, that and the fact that they just had the #1 pick in the draft.

  • Kerry Smith

    Recruiting board is looking pretty thin. JBJ is not coming to IU and neither is Ahmed Hill. That leaves Exum, Robinson, and Goodluck. Exum is a long shot as he is projected top 3 NBA draft. Goodluck is a lean IU and Robinson is a strong lean towards UCONN.

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