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Michigan State’s Eron Harris and Gavin Schilling show off hops after workout (VIDEO)


Eron Harris may have been the most exciting scout team player in the nation last season. The West Virginia transfer had to sit out the 2014-15 season due to NCAA rules, but throughout the course of the season he’s provided Michigan State fans glimpses of what’s to come.

Earlier this week, Harris uploaded a video to his YouTube page of him and Gavin Schilling throwing down dunk after dunk, with help from Lourawls Nairn.

Harris is expected to have a major impact on the Spartans, a team that is coming off a run to the Final Four. In his final season with the Mountaineers, Harris averaged 17.2 points per game.

Mateen Cleaves: Freshman point guard Lourawls Nairn ‘reminds me of myself’

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By the start of the 2014 NCAA Tournament, Michigan State, though a No. 4 seed, was a trendy pick to win the national championship after the Spartans won the Big Ten Tournament title, showing how good they could be at full strength.

That road to the Final Four was ended in New York by UConn in the Elite 8. Michigan State graduated Keith Appling and Adreian Payne while Gary Harris declared for the draft. Tom Izzo was busy this offseason, building for the future by landing a pair of impact — Eron Harris and Bryn Forbes — to play alongside a fiery freshman point guard, who is already working on bringing a third national title to East Lansing.

Lourawls “Tum Tum” Nairn, the No. 62 overall recruit in the Class of 2014, according to Rivals, has reached out to former Michigan State standout Mateen Cleaves for advice.

“He was the first recruit to ever ask me how does it feel to win a national championship,” Cleaves told MLive.com. “When I was telling stories you could just see him daydreaming about him having a chance to win it all.”

“He reminds me of myself,” added Cleaves. “Because it’s just a regular open gym game, and you would think it’s the Big Ten championship or an NCAA tournament. He just plays hard, he knows one way.”

Cleaves finished his career with the Spartans as the program’s only three-time All American, was a captain for three seasons and was the Most Outstanding Player at the 2000 Final Four. It’ll be hard for anyone one to produce that sort of success, especially for someone like Nairn, a Bahamas native who turned his attention from sprinting to basketball less than seven years ago.

He’s a work in progress, needing to develop a reliable jump shot while still learning the point guard position. But he’s an energetic player, and with his background in sprinting, the 5-foot-11 floor general will be a nightmare for defenders to stay in front of. The early praise from the likes of Cleaves and Draymond Green is a good sign for a point guard Michigan State will rely on over the next four seasons.

PG Lourawls “Tum Tum” Nairn, No. 61 in 2014, commits to Michigan State

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Michigan State not only made a much-needed point guard addition on Thursday morning, but the program added a young man certainly bound for multiple appearances on the all-name team.

Lourawls “Tum Tum” Nairn, a 5-foot-10 native of the Bahamas and the No. 61 player in the Class of 2014, committed to Tom Izzo and the Spartans. Tum Tum played his last couple seasons of high school ball at Sunrise Christian Academy in Wichita, KS.

Tum Tum was a big commitment for the Spartans. With Keith Appling graduating and Travis Trice locked in as the only other point guard on the roster, Izzo needed to find another floor general for the 2014-2015 season after whiffing on Tyler Ulis. Tum Tum is that guy. He may be the fastest player in the country with the ball in his hands and is a nightmare to try to keep out of the paint or to slow down in transition.

Tum Tum has only been playing basketball for about six years, however. Growing up in the Bahamas, he was a sprinter. “The Bahamas is a track nation,” he told me this summer, “so everybody ran track.” What that means is that he is still learning how to harness his speed, how to be a more that just a player that utilizes one marvelous athletic talent. He’s learning how to read screen-and-rolls and he’s learning how to run a team and he’s developing his perimeter shot, but that will come with time.

And working with Tom Izzo will certainly help.

The bottom line is that Nairn is a talented kid and a hard-worker with an awesome name and a better nickname.

He’ll be quite popular in East Lansing during his four years there.