March 3, 2013; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Michigan State Spartans forward Derrick Nix (25) is guarded by Michigan Wolverines forward Jordan Morgan (52) in the first half at Crisler Center. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Michigan State Basketball: Derrick Nix signs with Slovenian club

Former Michigan State center Derrick Nix did not hear his name during the 2013 NBA Draft this summer, but his dream to play professional basketball came true today.

The Detroit native, signed with Krka Novo Mesto club in Slovenia his agent, Daniel Moldovan announced on Twitter Wednesday morning.

The 6-foot-9, 270-pound Nix averaged 9.9 points, ranking fourth on the team, and 6.6 rebounds, ranking second on the team, this past season for the Spartans as team captain.

Nix’s led the Spartans in scoring during the NCAA tournament averaging 15.0 points and a team-high 10.7 rebounds in three tournament games. His impressive 23-point, 15-rebound performance against Valparaiso in the second round of the NCAA tournament made him only the second Spartan to score 20 points and grab 15 rebounds in an NCAA tournament game.

Nix led the Spartans to a 27-9 record last season, a second place finish in the Big Ten, and 17th Sweet Sixteen appearance in the program’s history and 10th under head coach Tom Izzo.

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