November 13, 2013

Expectations high for signees Nairn and Bess

Tom Izzo has scholarships left to fill, but he has high expectations for the two players that signed letters of intent to play for Michigan State on Wednesday.

Rivals150 point guard Lourawls Nairn (No. 61), a Bahamas native whose nickname is Tum Tum, fills a critical need at a position presently manned by a three-year starter and McDonald's All-American Keith Appling. Javon Bess is a long, athletic wing with the multi-position versatility that the Spartans had to have in this class.

"I think that anytime you get recruits that have been in successful programs it benefits you," said Izzo. "They've been in big games, they know how to play in big games and they know exactly what's expected of them and demanded of them. Tum Tum played the Harrison twins a couple years ago. Javon's been to a state championship and tournament game. Because of that I think it's going to be valuable once they get here as long as we keep making sure we get at that same level where we're playing for championships and we're playing for deep runs in the NCAA tournament."

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