Originally written March 14, 2013 on College Spun:
Derrick Nix has had quite a journey at Michigan State. Nix came into Michigan State weighing over 340 pounds. As his struggle with weight became publicly criticized, he was under immense pressure to get it done. That would be just the first battle he would face as a Spartan — he has since been maintaining a weight of 270 lbs, allowing him to become a more physically fit and aggressive player. Photo Credit: Lauren Walson/CollegeSpun The road from freshman year to his last game at the Breslin Center has been a rocky one for Derrick Nix. Nix then had to face a long battle in the classroom. Tom Izzo had to put his foot down on Nix, who was a first generation college student, for continually skipping classes. As a punishment for the ridiculous absences, the sophomore was left at home as the rest of the team headed to the Maui Invitational in 2010. Nix heard the message loud and clear, and managed to wake up even for those pesky morning classes moving forward. Just as Derrick Nix seemed ...
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