Posts Tagged ‘Derrick Nix’

If you don’t think the mental game is every bit as important as the physical one, consider this from the State News MSU blog:

Derrick Nix said all the right things Tuesday about his free throw struggles.

But MSU men’s basketball head coach Tom Izzo said he believes he knows how his freshman center really feels about shooting five percent (1-for-20) from the line through nine games.

“Inside I think he’s hurt and embarrassed,” Izzo said. “And sometimes that gets to you more than being mad.”

Tuesday, Izzo said he watched Nix as he was shooting free throws at practice. There, Izzo said Nix made 26-of-30, which led Izzo to say of Nix’s struggles, “There’s no question it’s mental now.”

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By Josh Glitz

The more and more I think back on MSU’s loss on Wednesday to UNC the more and more I see it coming down to one thing, Izzo’s swings and misses on big men the last few years. Izzo has done a great job recruiting players in the backcourt, but the lack of depth and production out of the post is going to haunt this team all year. Lets take a quick look at the big men listed on the Spartan roster.

I’ll start first with the only two that I see being worth a hoot:

Delvon Roe – Has the potential to be great, however he is not a great post defender, and I’m not sure if he ever will be. He is a matchup problem on offense, but has not shown the ability to defend the post for a full game. He was pushed around while he was in the game by Ed Davis and Deon Thompson, and he also picked up his fifth foul with seven minutes left in the game. He will need to show great improvement if State is going to reach the Final Four as some predict.

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Ben Simons

The pride of northern Michigan, Ben Simons, made his collegiate debut over the weekend and looked pretty darn good doing it – he scored 12 points on four second half 3-pointers.

He also swiped a game-high four steals.

Simons, only by the sheer elitism of the Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan, was robbed of the Mr. Basketball award last season because Drake isn’t prestigious enough for Michigan’s coaching cabal.

They gave the award to Derrick Nix who lost some weight and went to Michigan State.

Simons finished second in the voting and was the best all-around player in the state as a senior (30 ppg and eight boards) and the player who had the best individual season — the latter is the award’s criterion, in fact.

— By Jared Field | Great Lakes Hoops