Former Vol Dyron Nix dies at 46

Updated: December 16, 2013, 8:46 AM ET
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Former University of Tennessee basketball player Dyron Nix, a member of the Vols' All-Century team who led the SEC in scoring as a junior in 1987-88, has died at the age of 46.

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.

"I can honestly say Dyron was one of the most dynamic players I ever coached," former Tennessee coach Don DeVoe told the News Sentinel. "Dyron had an internal strength about him. If ever anyone tried to challenge him, he would accept it head on.''

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