Draymond Green was the only Spartan on last year's roster who was a four-year player at Michigan State, after Delvon Roe had to retire due to injury and Korie Lucious transferred to Iowa State. Green was the heart and soul of Michigan State's program and helped the Spartans reach the Final Four during his first two seasons in East Lansing.
He also gathered up plenty of individual awards later in his career, highlighted by becoming the Big Ten Player of the Year as a senior, as well as becoming a First Team All-American along with Ohio State's Jared Sullinger.
Like Green, Nix will be the only four-year player on this year's Michigan State roster. He will, however, be joined by plenty of talented youngsters hoping to get MSU back to the Final Four after a two-year absence.
While Green and Nix have some small similarities in their game, they are very different in other aspects which are not in Nix's favor. While the Spartans will be NCAA Tournament-bound in 2013, I see them finishing in fifth place in the Big Ten, which shows how important Green really was to their team.