Knoxville, TN, United States (4E Sports) – Former University of Tennessee basketball player Dyron Nix, who led the SEC in scoring in his junior year in 1987-88, passed away Monday. He was 46.
Former Tennessee quarterback Sterling Henton told the Knoxville News Sentinel that Nix had recently been hospitalized for pneumonia.
Nix, a member of the Vols’ All-Century team, led the SEC in rebounding as a sophomore at 10.1 per game. In his senior year, he averaged 21.6 points as a senior in 1988-89. His 1,877 points is eighth-most in school history.
Nix was drafted 29th overall by the Charlotte Hornets but was part of a draft-day trade that sent him to the Indiana Pacers. Nix played 20 NBA games before embarking on a 10-year overseas career, which included stops in Israel with Maccabi Tel Aviv, Spain and Greece.
“I can honestly say Dyron was one of the most dynamic players I ever coached,” former Tennessee coach Don DeVoe said. “Dyron had an internal strength about him. If ever anyone tried to challenge him, he would accept it head on.”