Michigan State’s Nix pleads guilty to impaired driving

by Andrew Krammer

Michigan State center Derrick Nix has pleaded guilty Thursday to a reduced misdemeanor charge of impaired driving, the Detroit Free Press reported.

Nix, 21, faces charges of operating under the influence of a controlled substance and possession of marijuana after a traffic stop and arrest on April 3 in East Lansing, Mich.

The first charge was reduced and the second was dismissed on Thursday, according to the Free Press.

MSU head basketball coach Tom Izzo suspended Nix indefinitely upon hearing of his arrest. Nix was taken into custody at 12:20 a.m., April 3 and posted a $200 bond that day to be released.

Nix averaged 8.1 points and 19 minutes a game on a Spartan squad that won the Big Ten championship and went into the NCAA Tournament as a No. 1 seed – losing to Louisville in the Sweet 16. Nix will be a senior next fall.

MSU will hold a press conference with Izzo and Nix on Thursday afternoon, in which Izzo is expected to announce he'll keep Nix on the team, with conditions.