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Mich. St.’s Nix Reinstated To Team With Conditions

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INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 11:  Derrick Nix #25 of the Michigan State Spartans goes up for a shot attempt against William Buford #44 of the Ohio State Buckeyes during the Final Game of the 2012 Big Ten Men's Conference Basketball Tournament at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on March 11, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – MARCH 11: Derrick Nix #25 of the Michigan State Spartans goes up for a shot attempt against William Buford #44 of the Ohio State Buckeyes during the Final Game of the 2012 Big Ten Men’s Conference Basketball Tournament at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on March 11, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

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EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State has reinstated junior center Derrick Nix following a brush with the law.

Coach Tom Izzo made the announcement Thursday and said he will remain on the team as long as he meets certain conditions.

Nix was suspended since shortly after his arrest stemming from an April 3 incident in East Lansing.

Nix has pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of impaired driving, according to court officials. A marijuana possession charge has been dropped and Nix will be sentenced May 11.

Nix averaged 8.1 points this past season and his improvement was a big reason why Michigan State tied for first in the Big Ten and won the conference tournament. The Spartans lost in the NCAA round of 16.

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