DETROIT - Pershing's Derrick Nix was crowned the 2009 Hal Schram Mr. Basketball award receipient beating out Cadillac's Ben Simons for the award.
The Michigan State bound 6-foot-9, 260-pound senior center for last year's State's runners up, celebrated his award by pacing his team to a 62-52 MHSAA Quarterfinal win over Warren DeLaSalle.
Nix came out smoking, scoring Pershing's first 12 points and singled handledly holding DeLaSalle at bay before it became a ballgame at the half.
After being ice-cold from the field and scoring his first basket with less than three minutes left in the second quarter, Nix's teammate Keith Appling took the heart out of DeLaSalle by nailing three consecutive three-point shots from way outside the arc to give Pershing a 13 point lead they would never relinquish, despite going on a 7-0 run.
Nix spoke with GoSpartans.net to talk about his appreciation for winning the award and the long journey he took from being a player who was too big to get on the floor, how hard he worked prior to coming to Pershing and playing with his good friend, Apppling.
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