MSU’s Nix gets community service

Michigan State center Derrick Nix has been fined and ordered to

perform community service for an impaired driving case that stemmed

from an April traffic stop.

Nix was sentenced Thursday in an East Lansing courtroom to 24

hours of community service and $853 in fines and costs. He also

must attend classes on substance abuse and a panel on the impact of

drunken driving on victims. He earlier pleaded guilty to impaired

driving. A marijuana possession charge was dropped.

Nix averaged 8.1 points this past season. He would be the lone

senior returning to the Spartans next season.

Nix was suspended from the basketball team after his arrest

April 3. Nix was apologetic afterward, calling the situation

embarrassing.

Michigan coach Tom Izzo reinstated him following his plea.