Many know about Detroit Country Day's 7-foot Da'Shonte Riley. But there other big men in Michigan that the Spartan coaching staff are watching, too.
Many of these big men have provided early production. Add in the potential that these ten or so soon mid to high major level players to be have shown and the Great Lake State talent is worth watching.
One of these players is my #2 player at the center position and a top ten overall player in Michigan's '09 class is 6'9 Derrik Nix.
Nix plays high school summer ball with Detroit Murray-Wright, which closed in June and will be re-opened and renamed later. Nevertheless, Nix is headed to Detroit Southwestern where he hopes to build upon his success as a sophomore.
The 300-pounder has proven his worth against a handful of his peers outscoring Riley with 19 points in head-to-head competition and he added fourteen in a high school game where he went head to head with the University of Detroit's 6-foot-7 Jordan Morgan (King of the Court 16u) in a high school game before the playoffs began.
He also started on the Michigan Hurricanes 16u team ahead of 6-foot-10 280-pound Matt Balkema.
So far Nix has provided the most production of all the big men in this class and he's still improving. He has great hands and has a few moves that take him under the basket for lay-ups. He uses his size extremely well and don't let the 300 pounds fool you, he has mobility.
I caught up with the hard working Nix for a little chat before his team took the floor at Detroit's legendary St. Cecilia gym.