CAPITOL HEIGHTS – For the last two years, the Fairmont Heights Hornets boys basketball team has reached the state championship game. After winning the historic 1A championship title during the 2016-2017 campaign, this year the team was not as fortunate. However, the Hornets have made enough noise to get a few college scouts to pay […]
CAPITOL HEIGHTS – For the last two years, the Fairmont Heights Hornets boys basketball team has reached the state championship game. After winning the historic 1A championship title during the 2016-2017 campaign, this year the team was not as fortunate. However, the Hornets have made enough noise to get a few college scouts to pay attention to this growing program.
One of the key players on that team was Darren Lucas-White. Lucas-White has gone through a moment of being injured in the championship game to making a move to play at the next level.
Last season, Lucas-White undoubtedly had one of the most decorated senior campaigns in school history. His play on the court led him to one of the most coveted honors in high school basketball, a McDonald’s All-American nomination. Despite not making the team, he averaged 17 points per game last season and led the Hornets in scoring and a back-to-back state final appearance.
Now that his high school career has come to an end, the decision to make a move to the college ranks is next for Lucas-White. He chose to take his talents to Augusta University on April 13, in front of friends and family in the Hornets Nest.
Despite having such a phenomenal year, Lucas-White was not heavily recruited up to this point.
“I hadn’t really been recruited by colleges until the 11th grade, so it’s a blessing to be in this position,” Lucas-White said.
Despite the lack of recruitment, his athletic and academic ability earned him a full-ride scholarship to Augusta. The university had kept a close eye on Lucas-White during his career, and it seemed to be the perfect match.
“When I took my visit to Augusta I liked the facilities, the support system, the team and I bonded very well with the team,” Lucas-White said. “I had a chance to play with them on the court, and they look for you when you’re open.”
While the young guard will move on to the chapter in his life, his teammates definitely will miss his talent. Forward Yearlando Reed grew up playing basketball with Lucas-White since his early elementary days.
“I grew up with Darren, and I watched him grow as a player since we played in the 4th grade,” Reed said. “I’ve seen his work ethic, and it’s great to see him make it to the next level, and I wish the best of luck to him.”
Fairmont Heights Head Coach Chuck Henry is also very proud of his players being able to become student-athletes in college.
“This makes me very happy. I’m excited to see these guys go on and see what type of men they become,” Henry said. “In college, you go off, and you figure out about yourself, and I’m excited for them to learn some things while they’re on their own in the real world.”
On the same afternoon, Lucas-White was also joined on the stage by fellow guard Shemarri Miles. The six-foot guard will be going to play at the next level at Thiel College.
“Darren is a great player, and I’ll miss him for sure, we have a bond that’s unbreakable and best of friends for sure,” Miles said. “I’ll stay in touch with him in college, having that bond with him was important knowing how he as a player we always challenge each other.”
Be on the lookout for both of these young guards as they continue the legacy of Fairmont Heights basketball.