Friday Powerlinks: Spartans Finally Gets a Point Guard

Christopher Hanewinckel-US PRESSWIRE

While Michigan State missed out on Tyler Ulis, they still managed to bring a highly touted point guard to East Lansing.

So Michigan State finally got their point guard with Lourawls "Tum Tum" Nairn after beating out several other Big Ten schools for the four star recruit. The Spartans may have missed out on Ulis, but it shouldn't be a surprise that Izzo was capable of finding a just as qualified recruit to fill the void.

Lourawls Nairn has committed to the Spartans

Michigan State may have missed out recently, but they finally landed a point guard with four star Lourawls Nairn committing to the Spartans. Nairn is considered to be the 61st best recruit per Rivals and has earned quite the reputation for his speed and his nick name. Besides possibly being one of the fastest point guards for 2014 (if not the fastest), Nairn also goes by the nick name 'Tum Tum,' based on the character from the 3 Ninjas movie that I completely forgot about until I read about his nickname. Nairn also held offers from Indiana, Minnesota and Iowa from the Big Ten, as well as Kansas and Kansas State, but will join Tom Izzo in East Lansing next year.

Another Hoosier freshman suffers an injury

Recently it was announced Hoosier freshman Troy Williams would miss a few weeks due to injury. Well another Indy freshman will miss a few weeks now as well, with Luke Fischer suffering a shoulder injury and likely to be sidelined for a couple weeks. Fischer was a four star center out of Wisconsin that was looking to help replace Cody Zeller. Both Williams and Fischer will be ready to go for the season, but it never helps to have two freshman miss several weeks heading into the season.

Izzo discusses the dismissal of Korie Lucious and Chris Allen

As mentioned relatively recently, former Spartan Korie Lucious made several remarks about Izzo and what led to his dismissal from the program. Well Tom Izzo has commented on the issue and said the following:

There's certain things that, coaches put up with a lot. Just like parents do...I mean, nobody throws their kid under the bus if he makes a mistake. But if the kid repeats the same mistake over and over, then it's not a mistake, it's a habit. When it becomes a habit, those things are hard to handle. And I think in Korie's case, I'll never understand ... I guess I almost appreciate him saying we have a good program, I'm a decent coach, it's just I don't want to put up with the ‘And1' stuff. I mean, I've put up with a lot of stuff from a lot of players. And his scoring didn't change that much at Iowa State. You can change addresses, but you better change your character before you can really change. And I think that's the lesson I try to teach all guys.

Hammer and Rails takes a look at Purdue's early season schedule

Purdue's season last year wasn't exactly how Boilermaker fans wanted it to go, but the team brings an abundance of experience back for the 2013-14 season and will look to build on last years up and downs and work their way back to the NCAA Tournament. As H&R mentions, the team should be off to a 5-0 start before facing their first challenge in the Old Spice Classic. Anything worse than 5-0 could be a telling sign of another disappointing season as the Boilermakers should have their way with an early season schedule including Northern Kentucky, Central Connecticut State, Rider, Eastern Illinois and Siena.

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