Extremely tough, wide-bodied frontcourt player Possesses great hands and very good footwork Below-the-rim player with excellent post moves Preseason third-team All-Big Ten selection by Athlon Sports College Basketball Has maintained weight around 270 pounds for over a year after topping out at over 340 pounds in high school.
Appeared in 37 games, starting one, averaging 8.1 points and 3.8 rebounds Ranked fifth on the team in scoring, fourth in rebounding and fourth in steals (27) Ranked sixth in the Big Ten in field-goal percentage overall (.558) and fifth in conference games (.547) Recipient of MSU's Most Improved Player Award after raising his scoring average from 2.7 ppg as a sophomore to 8.1 ppg as a junior Co-recipient of MSU's Unsung Player Award Scored in double figures in 14 games Led the team in scoring with 13 points at Michigan (1/17) Scored a career-best 18 points vs. LIU Brooklyn (3/16), adding eight rebounds Scored 14 points at home against Indiana (12/28) and versus Bowling Green (12/17) Collected six or more rebounds on seven occasions, including a season-high nine rebounds in 17 minutes in the season-opener against North Carolina (11/11) Grabbed a team-best six rebounds in MSU's 74-67 win at No. 23 Gonzaga (12/10) Recorded two steals in seven contests and two blocks on three occasions Averaged 1.0 assists per game and tallied a career-best five against Nebraska (2/25), adding three against Ohio State (3/11) in the Big Ten Tournament title game and against Nebraska Omaha (12/4).
Appeared in 30 games, starting one Scored a season-high 12 points at Iowa (2/2) in just 12 minutes, hitting 5-of-9 from the field, adding five offensive rebounds Played a season-high 23 minutes vs. Indiana (1/30), scoring nine points Scored seven points at Ohio State (2/15) Grabbed a season-high six boards at Illinois (1/18) Grabbed more offensive rebounds (31) than defensive rebounds (28).
Appeared in 36 games, starting 16 Started the final nine games and 11 of the last 12 Shot .507 from the field Set MSU freshman debut record with 14 rebounds vs. Florida Gulf Coast (11/13), adding 11 points to become just the second freshman in school history to post a double-double in his debut Scored eight points in 15 minutes vs. Maryland (3/21) in the second round of the NCAA Tournament Forty-five percent of his rebounds came on the offensive glass (34 of 76) Earned the first start of his career against Wisconsin (1/6).
2009 Hal Schram Mr. Basketball Award winner Averaged 15 points and 15 rebounds as a senior at Pershing High School, playing for Coach A.W. Canada Led Pershing to Class A State title Detroit Free Press Class A All-State selection, also earning All-Metro and All-Detroit honors Averaged 16 points and 12 rebounds as a junior Helped lead Pershing to a 22-5 record and a spot in the Class A title game, totaling 12 points and 10 rebounds in the championship game Named third-team All-Detroit by The Detroit News and Detroit Free Press and honorable mention all-state Class A by the Detroit Free Press Rated the No. 69 player in the nation by Rivals.com, including the No. 8 center Played for Detroit Murray Wright as a sophomore Played AAU basketball for The Family.
Born Dec. 11, 1990 Son of Darlis Nix Attended the same high school as former Spartan All-American Steve Smith Sociology major.