Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Lourawls “Tum Tum” Nairn is headed to Michigan State.
A 5-foot-10, 175-pound Bahamas native, Nairn picked the Spartans over Minnesota, Oklahoma and Indiana after visiting all four schools.
“I took all my visits, but there was something different when I went there,” Nairn told Scout.com’s Evan Daniels. “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.
“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.”
“He will be the fastest, toughest and best leader in the program,” Belaire (KS) Sunrise Christian Academy coach Kyle Lindsted told SNY.tv.
Michigan State initially backed off Nairn to focus on other point guards, but recently re-engaged him. The Spartans missed out on Quentin Snider (Illinois) and Tyler Ulis (Kentucky) and won’t get Tyus Jones, either.
“He would have a chance to play right away,” Lindsted said. “And they are obviously in a situation where they need him bad.”
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.