It’s a sad day for Vol Nation down in Tennessee. Dyron Nix, one of the school’s all-time great basketball players, passed away today at the age of 46 years old.
Nix was a member of the Tennessee Volunteers’ All-Century team, and led the SEC in scoring during the 1987-88 season as a junior.
Former Tennessee quarterback Sterling Henton told the Knoxville News Sentinel that Nix had recently been hospitalized for pneumonia.
Nix, from Meridian, Miss., led the SEC in rebounding as a sophomore at 10.1 per game, then averaged 21.6 points as a senior in 1988-89. His 1,877 points is eighth-most in school history.
He 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 career overseas, which included stops in Israel with Maccabi Tel Aviv, Spain and Greece.
Although Nix has passed, his impressions and legacy will live on forever. He’s impacted many people during his career, and will continue to have an impact even long after he’s gone.
Rest in Peace Dyron Nix.