Will Michigan State’s Derrick Nix transfer?

Posted: November 22, 2010 by Jared Field in College

There’s a lot of speculation surrounding the decision of MSU coach Tom Izzo to leave sophomore center Derrick Nix at home during the Maui Invitational. Some, like LSJ beat man Joe Rexrode has even used that dreaded ‘t’ word: transfer.

If, indeed, Nix is concerned about playing time and, ultimately, where he fits into this team (ranked in the top three in the nation in almost every publication), then transferring might be on the horizon.

My question is this: Who cares?

I’ve personally taken a lot of heat in the last two years because of my contention that Nix was the least-deserving Mr. Basketball Award winner in history and a bust-in-the-making for Izzo. Further, I pointed out that he, through his career, has been out of shape and utterly bereft of basketball skill.  As a freshman at MSU, Nix played a little less than seven minutes per game and was not particularly productive even in his limited role — two points and two board per game. He shot 50% from the floor and about 27% from the line.

This season Nix has played a total of 19 minutes in two games (15 minutes against Eastern Michigan and four against South Carolina). In those 19 minutes, he didn’t make a field goal and managed 2-for-8 from the foul line. In a preseason game against Nebraska-Omaha, Nix scored 10 points in 17 minutes. That’s looks OK on paper, but he also accounted for a mere three rebounds to match three turnovers. In an exhibition against division II Saginaw Valley State, Nix had two rebounds in 14 minutes.

I fully understand that MSU fans really wanted him to be a legitimate post presence, but their desires aren’t going to make it so. He’s a recruiting miss and would be better off in the MAC. Tom Izzo is capable of making mistakes on the recruiting trail, folks. It happens to the best.

  1. lmao says:


  2. Ty says:

    Actually your right, he is just not a Big Ten Player. He is slow and just doesn’t have the basketball skill. I also think he was involved with that thing that happened this summer also.

  3. Who Cares says:

    I think Nix, albeit inconsistent, adds depth to the Spartans’ frontcourt. He has potential to be a good second fiddle to Garrick Sherman, even if as just a “reliever.”

    But I agree, he is overhyped and underachieves, but again, he’s just a sophomore. Who knows, maybe his little vacation brought about a clearer way of thinking in regards to his role at MSU.

    Good post.

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