Lourawls 'Tum Tum' Nairn, one of the Gophers most prized targets, officially selected Michigan State on Thursday morning in front of students in the Sunrise Christian Academy [Kansas] gym.
The 2014 point guard was choosing between the Spartans, Minnesota, Indiana and Oklahoma. Michigan State arrived late to Nairn's recruitment, but offered immediate playing time and wooed the 5-11 guard quickly.
The Gophers are also currently recruiting point guard Riley LaChance, from Wisconsin. Minnesota is still waiting on its first 2014 recruit.
This is Amelia Rayno's fifth season on the Gophers men's basketball beat. She learned college basketball in North Carolina (Go Tar Heels!), where fanhood is not an option. In 2010, she joined the Star Tribune after graduating from Boston's Emerson College, which sadly had no exciting D-I college hoops to latch onto. Amelia has also worked on the sports desk at the Boston Globe and interned at the Detroit News. Follow Rayno on Twitter @AmeliaRayno.
The question now is whether Minnesota can move past a bad long weekend and pick up some steam through the rest of this month and next – or whether a not-so-easy slate between now and New Year's will put the Gophers on the path toward the basement.