Michigan State added another commitment to the class of 2009. Derrick Nix of Detroit Pershing pledged his services to play for the Spartans. He becomes the second commitment of his class as Tom Izzo lands another coveted player from the Detroit area.
Nix is an absolute load. He is 6â€™9â€ tall and weighs more than 270 pounds. He projects as both a center and a power forward at the Big Ten level. Nix was a member of the Murray Wright team before the Detroit PSL shut its doors. Nix enrolled at Pershing this past season and made an immediate slash while teaming up current Spartan target Keith Appling. He becomes the first Spartan to commit from Pershing High School since Steve Smith.
Derrick possesses a soft touch around the basket. He is a space eater; his big body is reminiscent of a poor manâ€™s Zach Randolph. He looks comfortable shooting the basketball with both hands at or near the goal. He seems to move well in traffic with the basketball and swats the ball away from most anyone who enters the lane. He will join MSU frontcourt players Delvon Roe (class of 2008), Draymond Green (Class of 2008), Garrick Sherman (2009 PF of Kenton, OH) and current Spartan center Tom Herzog (class of 2006).
This will give MSU a powerful frontcourt that promises to be dominating on the glass. Nix will have to become leaner and stronger while developing a more consistent offensive skill set. He has massive potential to become the go-to force MSU needs down low while playing with his back to the basket. It further cements the notion that MSU is becoming the school of choice in the state for Detroit area talent both on the hardwood and on the gridiron. Look for Nix to make a serious run at becoming Izzoâ€™s next Mr. Michigan Basketball to don a Spartan uniform.