C Derrick Nix rejoins No., 2 Michigan State

Michigan State center Derrick Nix has rejoined the team in a

mutual decision after he met with teammates and coaches.

Nix practiced with the second-ranked Spartans on Friday and

Saturday. He will be available to play Sunday against Tennessee

Tech.

Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said last week Nix wouldn’t be

with the team during the Maui Invitational. The Spartans missed his

presence inside in a semifinal loss to Connecticut.

The 6-foot-9, 270-pound Nix started 16 games as a freshman last

season, then lost almost 20 pounds in the offseason. He was

Michigan’s Mr. Basketball two years ago at Detroit Pershing High

School.

Nix was sparingly used in the first two games of the season.