July 27, 2008
Video: Derrick Nix vs. Jamil Wilson at Peach Jam
Derrick Nix earned a Michigan State scholarship offer with a surprisingly loud spring. Nix is turning up the volume once again as the summer basketball season winds to a close and reminding recruiting analysts why the Spartans are so high on the 6-foot-10, 275-pounder from Detroit (Mich.) Pershing High School.
Two weekends ago at The Peach Jam, Nix went up against some of the top big men from the Class of 2009. Nix held his own against No. 21 ranked UConn commitment Alex Oriakhi and later registered a double double against Top 15 UAB commitment DeMarcus Cousins.
Nix was the best big man on the floor for The Family during their showdown with Jamil Wilson and Playground Elite.
The Spartan pledge scored 17 points against Playground Elite on 7-of-13 shooting. Nix also added a dozen boards in a decisive victory.
Still nursing a badly sprained ankle suffered at the Lebron James Skills Academy in Akron the weekend prior to the Peach Jam, Wilson scored 12 points in a losing effort for Playground Elite.
Ranked the No. 116 player in the 2009 class by Rivals.com, Nix is one of two big men committed to Michigan State in the senior class. Ohio big man Garrick Sherman is a highly skilled power forward ranked No. 54 in the class of 2009.
The No. 60 player in 2009, Wilson is coveted recruiting target for the Spartans. Michigan State likes Wilson's ability to handle the ball at 6-foot-7 and the versatility possessed by the small forward from Racine, Wisc.
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