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Derrick Nix
Derrick  Nix


Height / Weight:
6-9 / 270


Hometown/High School:
Detroit, Mich./Pershing


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Voted co-captain by his teammates prior to the season • Honorable mention All-Big Ten selection by the conference coaches • Recipient of MSU's Inspirational Player and Antonio Smith Glue and Guts Awards • Appeared in all 36 games, starting 34, averaging 27.6 minutes, third most on the team • Averaged 9.9 points, ranking fourth on the team, and 6.6 rebounds, ranking second on the team • Ranked ninth in the Big Ten in rebounding (6.6 rpg) and eighth in field-goal percentage (.506) • His .506 field-goal percentage ranked third on the team among players with more than 100 attempts • Ranked fourth on the team with 39 steals • Shot a career-best .690 free-threw percentage, after shooting as low as .271 as a freshman • Ranked third on the team in total assists (56) • Scored in double figures in 15 contests, including two games of more than 20 points; MSU was 12-3 when he scored in double figures • Finished his career by scoring in double figures in eight of his last 13 contests • Led MSU in scoring in four contests • MSU's leading scorer in the NCAA Tournament, averaging 15.0 points and a team-high 10.7 rebounds in three tournament games • Recorded four double-doubles • Scored a career-high 25 points and grabbed 11 rebounds against Texas (12/22), hitting 7-of-10 shots and 11-of-13 free throws, while recording four steals; he was named Big Ten Player of the Week on Dec. 24 • Turned in an impressive 23-point, 15-rebound performance in the second round of the NCAA Tournament against Valparaiso (3/21); he joined Johnny Green as the only two Spartans to ever score 20 points and grab 15 rebounds in an NCAA Tournament game • Also posted double-doubles against Tuskegee (12/15; 11 pts., 13 reb.) and Nebraska (2/16; 13 pts., 11 reb.); the 11 rebounds against the Huskers were a personal best in a Big Ten game • Scored 17 points in games against Purdue (2/9) and Ohio State (3/16) in the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament • Recorded a season-high four steals against Texas and Memphis (3/23) in the third round of the NCAA Tournament • Twice dished out a career-high six assists, against both Indiana (1/27) and Northwestern (3/10).

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).

High School
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, 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.

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