Randolph-Clay boys basketball star Shaquille Nunnally, front row, center, signs with Southern University of Shreveport during a ceremony at the school as he’s joined by, front row, from left, brother, Calvin, father, Willie Jackson, mother, Karen, and brother, Dexter, as well as, back row, from left, former Red Devils head coach Oglesby Jackson and A.D. Daniel McFather. (Daniel McFather/Special to The Herald)
CUTHBERT — The biggest inside move Randolph-Clay’s Shaquille Nunnally made was the one from his sophomore to his junior year, and now it has paid off with a basketball scholarship.
Nunnally, a Herald Super 6er who averaged 21 points, nine rebounds and 1.5 blocks a game, signed with Southern University at Shreveport, a junior college that’s an extension of Division I Southern University. Once there, he plans to further his career both on and off the court.
“I want to go there for two years and do well enough to transfer to a Division I school,’’ Nunnally said. “I know I can play at the next level. People have told me that I have the potential to play at the next level. I just have to push myself. I’m not going to school just to play basketball.
“I want to get a degree in criminal justice.”
Nunnally, a 6-foot-5 scoring machine whose best game during his senior year was a 42-point, 20-rebound performance, said he didn’t realize he could get a scholarship until his junior year.
“I improved a lot from my sophomore to my junior year,’’ he said. “I was kind of scared and afraid at first when I was on the B-team when I was a freshman, but I got used to it and improved. After my junior year. I knew I would be all right my senior year.’’
Former Randolph-Clay head coach Oglesby Jackson said Nunnally will be missed.
“He was the leader of our team. He came up big for us so many times,” he said. “He was the guy you could always count on.
“We’re going to miss him.”