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Dallas, TX (Future150) -- The Class of 2014 has an impressive list of point guards from top to bottom, headed by Emmanuel Mudiay and Tyus Jones. They are the undisputed top two prospects at the position to this point, but with a big summer, a new player could challenge them at the top of the position rankings.
Lourawls Nairn has drawn interest from some of the premiere teams in the Midwest en route to having a great season thus far at Sunrise Christian Academy (Kan.). While his interest is already heavy, it may only be the beginning for the junior point guard.
“Kentucky, Kansas, Kansas State, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, UCLA, Wake Forest, Indiana, Miami, and Arkansas are some of the schools recruiting me,” Nairn told Future150.com. “I have offers from Kansas, Kansas State, Ole Miss, Iowa, and Oklahoma.”
Kentucky entered the picture recently after assistant Kenny Payne made a trip out to Wichita in January to see the star known as “Tum Tum.” After seeing him, Payne left very impressed.
“Coach [Kenny] Payne came out to school last month and he liked what he saw. He said Tum Tum is definitely good enough to play at a school like Kentucky,” Sunrise Christian assistant coach Daniel Marklewitz said.
Like most of his teammates, Nairn will run with Mokan Elite of the EYBL this spring and summer on the AAU circuit. Kentucky (and other schools) will be keeping close tabs with the quick point guard.
“Kentucky plans to monitor him this spring and summer a lot. They really like his game,” Marklewitz noted.
Nairn has yet to get deep into the recruiting process, but that should change in the coming months. While he hasn’t been very active, Tum Tum has taken a few visits.
“I went to Kansas for a game recently, and then I went to Kansas State for a football game earlier in the year, too.”
Nairn isn’t necessarily comparing himself to other players at this point, but he does try to take pieces of other successful point guards’ repertoires to enhance his game.
“I just try to take pieces from other players’ games. I really look at Ty Lawson and John Wall. I model my game after those two, so I guess you could say I play like them.”
“The best part to my game is my speed. I really like to get down the court fast and get my teammates open for shots. It makes the game easier for them.”
The junior point guard was very impressive at the CYM National Prep Showcase and was arguably the best player in attendance. With a big spring and summer, he could shoot up the rankings and recruiting boards of other schools.
Nairn is currently a four-star according to Future150 and comes in at No. 98 in the 2014 Future150 rankings.