Grand Rapids, MI — The Grand Rapids Drive roster is beginning to look a lot more recognizable to the people of West Michigan as the team signed Derrick Nix, a 6-foot-8, 270-lb. forward/center from Michigan State, this week.
The Drive, NBA affiliate of the Detroit Pistons, welcome Nix’s size and rebounding prowess to a team that ranks near the bottom in rebounding and is last in blocks in the D-League.
Nix, who just turned 25, joins recent additions Dahntay Jones and former MSU teammate Brendan Dawson in Grand Rapids. After winning Michigan’s Mr. Basketball in 2009 at Detroit Pershing, he played at MSU from 2009-2013, making the Final Four during his Freshman season in 2010 and the Sweet Sixteen in 2013. He was only the second player in Spartan history to record a double-double in his debut(11 points, 14 rebounds, Nov. 13, 2009 vs. FGCU).
Undrafted in 2013’s NBA Draft, Nix spent the last couple years playing overseas for BC VEF Riga(2013-14), Orleans Loiret Basket(2014-15) and played five games this season for Energy Czarni Slupsk.
Nix will don the number 34 while playing for the Drive and will be in uniform Wednesday at the DeltaPlex as the Drive(6-8) host the Cleveland Cavaliers’ affiliate, Canton Charge(4-9), at 7pm.
The team announced they have released Ashton Pitts to make roster space for Nix.
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