[UPDATE: It's Michigan State, of course. Say la vee.]
Lourawls "Tum Tum" Nairn will make his college decision Thursday at 10am, which is notable because the Gophers are one of his final four schools along with Indiana, Michigan State, and Oklahoma.
Nairn is a point guard originally from the Bahamas but who is now in Kansas. He's risen up the ranks with a great summer, now hitting #61 on the Rivals Top 150 and #78 at 247Sports. Naturally with better play you find better attention (especially since 2015 is said to be light in terms of elite point guards), which brought Indiana into the mix semi-late and it appeared the Hoosiers, along with Minnesota and Oklahoma, would be his final 3. Then Tyus Jones started looking like more and more of a lock for Duke, Tyler Ullis signed on with Kentucky, and suddenly Tom Izzo was looking at a class without a point man to replace Keith Appling after this year. Thus entered Sparty, and oof.
Nairn had said he would make a decision in the next couple of weeks and had scheduled home visits with all four head coaches for Wednesday, "unless we don't need them." He then canceled all home visits so clearly his decision was already made and I gotta be honest, I don't feel good about this one at all.
Indiana can offer him an uptempo offense and they're a storied program, Michigan State can offer immediate playing time on one of the top programs in the country, and Oklahoma can offer immediate playing time and his best friend is on the team. I am struggling to find any real way the Gophers can top any of these. They certainly all have their flaws - the Hoosiers will still have Yogi Ferrell at the point and just signed a stud combo guard for 2014, Michigan State plays a slow down style that isn't ideal for Nairn's game, and Oklahoma is Oklahoma, but the Gophers are the Gophers too.
I suppose you can't completely rule Minnesota out, and he did take an official visit here (as he did to the other 3 schools as well) so it's possible he's already been won over, but I find it hard to believe he'll turn down the chance to run the show Day 1 at a place like Michigan State. If the Gophers manage to land him it will be a huge get, and a great recruiting job by Richard Pitino. I'm just not expecting it.