Michigan State guard Tum Tum Nairn missed last weekend’s game against Wisconsin after being seen in a walking boot prior to tip-off, but insisted that he was not out for the season.
“It’s not gonna be for the rest of the season,” Nairn said to reporters, including Joe Rexrode of The Detroit Free Press.
The nature of Nairn’s injury is not yet known and Spartans coach Tom Izzo said after the team’s loss to the Badgers Sunday that he had no clue how long Nairn would be out, but there’s no doubt that he will be missed. Sure, Denzel Valentine can run the point alongside Eron Harris and Bryn Forbes, but Nairn is Michigan State’s best on-ball defender and fast-break player. He’s also a fine playmaker that can help create mismatches and more opportunities for teammates.
Needless to say, though Michigan State is stacked from top to bottom, Nairn’s absence will be felt hard the longer he is out.
Stay tuned to Campus Sports for further updates on Nairn’s recovery!
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