Monday, July 16, 2018

Tum Tum Nairn, fresh off playing for the Bahamas, ready to continue helping MSU players

(Photo: Nick King/Lansing State Journal)
DIMONDALE - Lourawls “Tum Tum” Nairn Jr. hadn’t represented his country on the basketball court since he was 16, playing for the Bahamas on their junior national team.

That was before he left to pursue his basketball dream, enrolling at Sunrise Christian Academy in Wichita, Kan. and eventually playing four years at Michigan State, where he became a leader and captain for his team and found his second home before graduating this spring.

On June 28, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Nairn had to opportunity to play for the Bahamas again in its FIBA World Cup qualifying game against the U.S. Virgin Islands. He scored 13 points on 7-for-10 shooting in his lone appearance – an 84-74 defeat – but Nairn cherished the moment despite the loss.

“The experience was a lot of fun,” Nairn said. “It’s the first time I got to play with them in a while and it always feels great to represent your country.”

Nairn and close friend Buddy Hield, the former Oklahoma standout and current Sacramento Kings shooting guard, got to share the court for the first time representing their country together. The duo played two years together at Sunrise Christian Academy.

“I’m not one of the bigger names like him (Hield), but I definitely try to be a leader for the rest of them,” Nairn said.

Nairn and MSU had the opportunity to play in Nassau, Bahamas, during the 2016 season in the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament. It was the first time that most of his family and childhood friends got to watch him play live for MSU.  Read more >>