(WBIR) According to his college teammate Tony White, former Tennessee hoops star Dyron Nix passed away over the weekend.
"I'm still trying to soak it in," White told WBIR over the phone on Sunday night.
White says he spoke with a member close to Nix's family, who told White Nix was having trouble with pneumonia. Nix was 46 years old.
Nix played with the Vols from 1985-89, where he averaged 22.2 points per game his junior year, and 21.6 points per game his senior year.
"He improved over the years into a great player," White remembered.
Nix finished his collegiate career with 1,877 career points, good for 8th on Tennessee's career scoring list.
He also averaged 8.4 rebounds per game over his UT career.
"He could jump out of the gym," said White.
The 6-foot-7 native of Meridian, MS was drafted by the Charlotte Hornets in the second round of the 1989 NBA Draft, but was traded to the Indiana Pacers.
Nix played 20 games for the Pacers in the 1989-90 season, scoring 39 points.
He later played in Spain, where White joined him as teammates once again.
"I had some great times with him," White said.