Gopher Basketball: Lourawls Nairn set to make official visit to Minnesota


The Gophers took another step closer in their mission of landing an elite point guard in the 2014 class with Lourawls Nairn cutting his list to three schools and keeping the Gophers on it.

Nairn, who goes by “Tum Tum” is a true point guard out of Kansas ranked 61st nationally on Rivals. His incredible speed and quickness makes him a threat in transition as well as getting to the rim off the dribble. He also has great court vision — making the tough passes to his teammates cutting to the basket.

His leadership ability also gets rave reviews.

“There’s nobody that I’ve seen and I’ve coached the last 20 years, seeing a point guard with better leadership skills that he has. He’s a pass first kind of guy. Kids love being around him, he’s positive and sets a great example by how hard he works,” said his MoKan Elite coach Jim Huber.

The two other schools left competing with the Gophers for Nairn are Oklahoma and Indiana. Oklahoma has been recruiting him the longest, which generally sits well with recruits. Indiana, contrary to previous reports, has offered Nairn a scholarship and is probably considered his most prestigious offer. Indiana however didn’t start recruiting Nairn until July and have a couple other higher priority point guards in mind.

With that being said, I think the Gophers stack up nicely. They have shown a lot of interest in him as well as being a great fit for his style of play.

“They have a great coaching staff as well in Coach Johnson and Coach Richard Pitino. They are great guys, they want to play fast, they want to push the ball, they want to pressure people on defense, and play fast as well.”

He will be visiting Minnesota on an official visit August 29-31, the weekend of the Minnesota-UNLV football game.