Originally written on College Spun  |  Last updated 3/14/13
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 to be staying out of trouble and developing into a player the team could rely on, Nix was arrested after his junior season for possession of marijuana. He was suspended, which led to an emotional public apology. This was a third strike, but Coach Izzo was remaining patient with Nix to help him grow into a better person. On the court, Nix was making big strides. From his freshman to senior year, Nix went from being a horrendous 27% free-throw shooter to a 74% one, a very respectable mark. That considerable improvement can only be accomplished by putting in extra hours on top of practice, showing his commitment and dedication to becoming a better basketball player. Derrick Nix closed out his last game at the Breslin Center with ten points, four rebounds, and six assists. This season he was one of the team captains and the only senior from Tom Izzo’s team — will graduate in May.   Derrick Nix has changed so much from when he was a freshman to now being a senior, he is a great basketball player and will be missed. — Matthew Kralick (@MatthewKralick) March 11, 2013 I miss the regular season and Derrick Nix already. Seriously love this stuff — Erin Prim (@eringimmekaren) March 11, 2013 S/O to the big man Derrick Nix he played a heck of a game and a great 4 years for the Michigan State Spartans. — Cameron Barnes (@barnsy12) March 11, 2013 Thank you Derrick. R.I.P ta da competition, big fella — Theo Hagan (@TheoHaganIV) March 11, 2013
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