Just like that, Derrick Nix is off the board. The 6-foot-9, 275-pound Detroit native was one of the top surprises from the Boo Williams Invitational and two weeks later, he's the latest big man to commit to a school.
Nix verbally committed to Michigan State on Monday. The Spartans shadowed the big man in Pittsburgh last weekend at the Jam Fest and earned a pledge from him shortly after the event.
"I've always liked Michigan State. I've seen them on television all my life and they have a need for a big man there right now. I feel like I can help them down the road," Nix, a potential four-star recruit, said.
The big man from Pershing High School showed off his skill set at the start of the month, impressing all that watched him in action. Nix is nimble for his size and possesses a great set of soft hands inside the paint.
At the Boo Williams Invitational, he stated that Michigan State and Missouri were the only schools recruiting him. There were a number of schools that snuck a peak at him last weekend in Pittsburgh but the Spartans made sure that Nix was locked up early in the process.
Nix said when he received the offer this morning he was quick to accept it.
"I was excited when they told me," Nix said. "That is probably the best thing that has ever happened to me."
His size and skill in the post will certainly be a welcomed addition to the rotation. Nix is the second player to commit to Michigan State in 2009. He joins Ohio center Garrick Sherman in the 2009 class. Nix said he wants to help anyway he can when he puts on the Spartan jersey.
"I feel like I can help them on the defensive end mostly. I think I'm pretty good offensively but I'm just a team player. That's my personality," Nix said. "I want to help them win. That's the main thing."