Lourawls Niarn Jr. catches the attention of Coach Pastner


Coach Pastner is simply on the prowl to land yet another top 5 recruiting class for 2014. People may want to start calling Pastner “an animal on the hunt” because that is the attitude coaches must have if they want the best on their teams. There are other recruits that Pastner is looking at, but this particular one is special. His name is Lourawls Niarn Jr.

Niarn is a 5-10, 175- pound point guard who is very skilled at the one position. He is currently playing for the Mokan Elite team at the Peach Jam. Niarn is one of many guards that Memphis is looking at during July’s evaluation period. Nairn listed Memphis, Kansas, Kansas St. Arkansas, Oklahoma, Iowa, Indiana, and Ole Miss as the schools that are after him.

His AAU coach, Jim Huber mentioned that Nairn is a pass-first point guard. In Thursday’s afternoon loss to Team Penny, he finished the game with seven points, 10 assists, and four rebounds.

“He’s a coach on the floor,” said Huber. “He’s got the respect of the players he plays with. They trust him in the sense that’s he’s one of the hardest workers. … He’s infectious with his attitude. If guys have their heads down, he’s constantly telling them to pick their heads up.”

Nairn is currently rated a four-star prospect by Rivals.com. He would fit well under Pastner’s system because Pastner likes to run-and-gun the entire game. Pastner is not the type of coach that wants to slow the pace of the game down. Rivals.com national recruiting analyst Eric Bossi tweeted earlier this week that Nairn “makes quick players look slow.”

In the game against Team Penny, he split double-teams and sliced the defense in half like a apple pie, yummy. He was at ease getting by his defender and finding an open teammate. Team Penny had trouble with him the entire game.

“That’s hard to find,” said Huber. “When you get to a certain level of basketball, everybody’s quick — but he’s super quick. … He’s got the get-by-speed, but also the first step. When you can create that kind of separation, that’s a big attribute.”

Pastner’s first chance to check out Nairn was last year at the 16U Peach Jam, but the Tigers didn’t recruit him hard at all until now. From Nairn’s prospective, he thinks that he would be a great fit for Memphis.

“I know they like to play fast,” said Nairn. “Coach Pastner likes to push the ball.”

I received this information from the Commercial Appeal.

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