Michigan State Basketball: What Will Derrick Nix's Legacy Be?

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Michigan State Basketball: What Will Derrick Nix's Legacy Be?
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Derrick Nix was a forceful presence for Michigan State.

College sports are about more than athletic development, they're a vital part to personal growth as well—Michigan State Spartans senior Derrick Nix is a prime example of that. 

The former Detroit Pershing High standout entered East Lansing as a tantrum-throwing boy—he will leave as a university graduate and as a man ready for the next phase of his life. 

The key words there are "boy" and "man"—Nix's transformation was just as interesting as the Spartans' performance on the court. Nix's maturation was slow but sure. He was rough around the edges, but he proved during his final year with the Spartans that he was indeed worthy of being a captain and could be relied upon to give his all each time his team took the floor. 

In this slideshow, we'll examine Nix's legacy. Did he underachieve or live up to expectations? Better yet, did he exceed expectations? We'll also gauge Nix's collegiate career against centers from the 2009 class, the year Nix joined Michigan State as a 4-star rated big man

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