Its “double your pleasure, double your fun” when you watch Shelbyville’s “Mr. Double-Double.”

This season, Shelbyville High School sophomore Jay Nottingham splashed into the headlines early on, as he scored 25 points in the season-opener against Tuscola, then 22 points against rival Pana the next night for which he was named Daily Union Shelby Area Athlete of the Week. Would that level of scoring continue, or was it just a flash in the pan?

At the Vandalia Holiday Tournament, Nottingham was one of a select group in the tournament’s history to score over 100 points in five games. Nottingham, a sophomore remember, scored 105 points in five games and was named to the all-tournament 1st team.

Although senior Kraig Ladd has taken up the scoring banner for the Rams in recent weeks, Nottingham is still among the area leaders in scoring and still the season scoring leader for the Rams.

But, what the casual fan may not know is that Nottingham is also a proficient rebounder.

Nottingham, Shelbyville’s “Mr. Double-Double,” averages a double-double over the first 17 games of the season. Nottingham has scored almost 300 points (293) as Shelbyville’s leading scorer for the season and has grabbed almost 200 rebounds boards (194) as the Rams’ leading rebounder.

Nottingham not only averages in double figures in scoring (17.2 ppg) over the course of 17 games, he also averages in double figures in rebounding (11.4 per game). Nottingham is the leading rebounder in the Okaw Valley Conference and second leading rebounder in an area that covers the greater Decatur area, the greater Effingham area, and the greater Charleston area, runner-up only to Schoonover of Decatur Christian.

Nottingham is one of only three players in this region of Illinois to average a double-double. Schoonover averages 19.4 points and 11.9 rebounds, Nottingham averages 17.2 points and 11.4 rebounds and Westendorf of Dieterich averages 18.5 points and 10.8 rebounds.

“Mr. Double-Double” has a unique situation as a sophomore on an underclassmen-laden team. Shelbyville has one returning veteran varsity starter, senior Kraig Ladd. There are two junior guards who didn’t play much varsity last year, a freshman guard and Nottingham the sophomore center, tall but not gargantuan by any means.

Ladd moves in and out from the post position and often times is a point-forward who penetrates, breaks down the defense and then scores or dishes to Nottingham on the block. That situation has given Nottingham the opportunity to score, as well as rebound.

The impressive thing is that the sophomore took advantage of the opportunity, sometimes against bulkier post-players, taking a lickin’ and kept on tickin’, scoring and rebounding. Nottingham will also knowingly take a lick and just go to the line and get his points that way.

On Tuesday night Nottingham got his double-double (18 points, 14 rebounds), but part of that was 8-of-10 shooting at the free throw line. In the previous game, Nottingham was held to eleven points (still double figures), but was a perfect 7-of-7 at the stripe.

Nottingham scored another 25 points in an OT loss to St. Teresa on Friday night.

Nottingham has taken this opportunity, even as a sophomore, and has made the most out of it, doing battle and scoring in the paint, rebounding, and draining free throws; and becoming Shelbyville’s “Mr. Double-Double.”

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