By Joshua Orozco
Death, taxes and, in-the-words of senior guard Tre Nottingham himself, “shooters shoot.”
Nottingham enters his final home game with 625 career points and 150 assists in his two years with Texas State. He has battled every second in the 1,658 minutes he’s been on the court as a Bobcat, also tallying 182 career rebounds and 60 career steals. He will look to add to those numbers on Saturday night against the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns inside Strahan Arena, one last time.
Although this game marks his final inside the friendly confines, no water-works are in effect quite yet for Nottingham.
“I don’t really feel like it will hit home until tomorrow when I’m actually out there,” Nottingham said.
Tre Nottingham has produced countless memories inside Strahan Arena; however, he vividly remembers his personal favorite game while at home in his career.
“I got a lot of good games here. UTA here [in Strahan] last year against Hervey and Erick Neal, bucket for bucket,” Nottingham said. “The atmosphere with the crowd, the band, the cheerleaders, everyone was energized, it was a good vibe. that’s probably the game that I will remember the most.”
Texas State head coach Danny Kaspar received a boatload of gratitude from Nottingham after practice ahead of his final home game of his career.
“Coach Kaspar was big on defense, so I worked on my craft and now I’m a better defensive player than I ever was before. He has been across every type of player that there is and Kaspar for sure brought the best out of me these past two years,” Nottingham said. “I ain’t ever worked this hard in my life, so I give him props for that.”
For the two years Nottingham has been a part of the Texas State family, he has always looked to entertain those in attendance. As for senior night, he will look to conduct business as usual.
“Just know shooters shoot,” Nottingham said. “If I see one go in, just know, y’all in for a show.”
Nottingham has been an essential piece in the ‘Cats recent success and many fans are taking notice. In signature Tre Nottingham response to what he hopes Bobcat fans remember the most after he wraps up his career at Texas State:
“It’s Tre Day every day. I’m going to make it rain. Simple as that,” Nottingham said.
Feb. 24, 2018, the game against Georgia Southern was a career-defining night to say the least. Arguably it was Tre’s best game of his Bobcat career, nearly a year to this date, Nottingham poured in a career high 27 points on another career high of seven three point shots drained. Not only did he contribute scoring wise but he also tied his career high with six rebounds on the same night.
During his time with his previous college, Mt. San Jacinto College, not only was he a knockdown scorer but he also facilitated the ball with all his teammates incorporating them which allowed the team to score the most threes in Southern California during his first two years in college.
Tre Nottingham’s former coach and current head coach of MSJC, Patrick Springer, praised Nottingham on what he believed to be his proudest achievement of his former player.
“Everybody knew he was a good enough player, that wasn’t the issue,” Springer said. “He took the challenge academically to get his associates degree and in the long run that will pay the biggest dividend to his development as a man.”
This Moreno Valley, California kid is just as good of a person as he is great at basketball. Nottingham exemplifies what it means to be a leader. Even after practice concludes, Nottingham continues to put in work to ensure the Bobcats stand tall at the end of the day. Although he only played two seasons at Texas State, he will forever be known as one of the top shooting guards this university has ever seen.
The amount of work and passion he has put into the game of basketball will not be overlooked at Texas State. Nottingham has paved the way and provided future Bobcats with the example of how to play the game the right way both on and off the court. He is an Applied Arts & Science major who will graduate after this semester, but Tre Nottingham will forever be a Bobcat.
Along with Nottingham, teammate and senior forward Alex Peacock will also be acknowledged before Saturday’s game during Senior Night where both Bobcats will take their well earned final bow in front of the Bobcat faithful.
Nottingham will lead the Bobcats out for one last hunt inside Strahan Arena as Texas State is set to take on the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns at 5 p.m. on Saturday. You can catch the final curtain call for these beloved seniors on KTSW 89.9.
Just remember Bobcat fans: Everyday is Tre Day when Tre Nottingham is in the gym.
Featured image courtesy of Texas State Athletics.