Derrick Nix

Derrick Nix

Nix playing for the Michigan State Spartans in the 2011 Carrier Classic.
Free agent
Position Center
Personal information
Born (1990-12-11) December 11, 1990
Detroit, Michigan
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Listed weight 270 lb (122 kg)
Career information
High school Pershing (Detroit, Michigan)
College Michigan State (2009–2013)
NBA draft 2013 / Undrafted
Playing career 2013–present
Career history
2013–2014 VEF Rīga
2014–2015 Orléans Loiret Basket
2015 Czarni Słupsk
2015–2016 Grand Rapids Drive
2016 BK Ventspils
Career highlights and awards

Derrick Nix (born December 11, 1990) is an American professional basketball player who last played for BK Ventspils of the Latvian Basketball League (LBL). He played college basketball for Michigan State.

High school career

Nix attended Pershing High School where he averaged 15 points and 15 rebounds as a senior, leading Pershing to the Class A State title and earning a Detroit Free Press Class A All-State selection, and All-Metro and All-Detroit honors.[1]

College career

Nix played college basketball for Michigan State University. In his freshman year, he made the 2010 NCAA Final Four. Nix had his best season with the Spartans in his senior year when he averaged 9.9 points, 6.6 rebounds and 1.6 assists as Michigan State made NCAA Sweet 16.[1]

Professional career

After completing four seasons at MSU, Nix went undrafted in the 2013 NBA Draft. In July 2013, he signed a three-year deal Slovenian club KK Krka,[2] but left the team in preseason. In October 2013, Nix joined Latvian powerhouse VEF Rīga.[3] He left the club in April 2014 for personal reasons.[4]

On July 22, 2014, he signed a one-year deal with Orléans Loiret Basket of France.[5] On February 3, 2015, he parted ways with Orléans.[6]

On October 15, 2015, Nix signed with Czarni Słupsk of the Polish Basketball League.[7] On November 12, he parted ways with Słupsk after appearing in five games.[8] On December 21, he was acquired by the Grand Rapids Drive of the NBA Development League.[9] Two days later, he made his debut for Grand Rapids in a 113–111 victory over the Canton Charge.[10] On February 16, 2016, he was waived by Grand Rapids.[11] Four days later, he signed with Latvian club BK Ventspils for the rest of the season.[12]

Personal life

The son of Darlis Nix, he majored in Sociology.[1]


  1. 1 2 3 "Michigan State bio". Retrieved July 22, 2014.
  2. "Ex-Michigan State center Derrick Nix signs three-year contract to play in Slovenia". 24 July 2013. Retrieved 19 January 2014.
  3. "Ex-Michigan State center Derrick Nix signs with Latvian team VEF Riga". 9 November 2013. Retrieved 19 January 2014.
  4. "Derrix Nix leaves VEF Riga due to personal reasons". April 30, 2014. Retrieved May 1, 2014.
  5. "Orleans announces Derrick Nix". July 22, 2014. Retrieved July 22, 2014.
  6. "Orleans, Derrick Nix part ways". February 3, 2015. Retrieved February 3, 2015.
  7. "Energa Czarni Slupsk signs Folarin Campbell and Derrick Nix". October 15, 2015. Retrieved October 15, 2015.
  8. "Energa Czarni Slupsk signs Bryan Davis, parts ways with Derrick Nix". November 12, 2015. Retrieved November 12, 2015.
  9. "Drive Acquire Derrick Nix of Michigan State University". December 21, 2015. Retrieved December 21, 2015.
  10. "Grand Rapids Drive Edge Canton Charge". December 23, 2015. Retrieved February 17, 2016.
  11. "NBA D-League Transactions". Archived from the original on February 18, 2016. Retrieved February 17, 2016.
  12. "BK Ventspils signs Derrick Nix after Marcus Lewis failed physicals". February 20, 2016. Retrieved February 20, 2016.
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