BALTIMORE – When asked what their goals are for the upcoming season, most players will say, “to win a state championship.”
For last year’s state basketball champion Darren Lucas-White, he is just trying to maintain a 3.5-grade point average.
Six months ago, Lucas-White was putting up the number one finger in front of many cameras when Fairmont Heights won the MPSSAA 1A Championship. The program’s last state title was 36 before that.
“It just felt unreal to be a state champion, but it’s an exciting feeling. As a team, we still feel like we haven’t reached our peak yet,” Lucas-White said.
On July 21, Morgan State Bears Head Coach Todd Bozeman extended a scholarship offer to the state champion who scored 15 points in his final game. It is Lucas-White’s first Division I offer; he holds another Division II offer from Saint Michaels College in Vermont.
“I don’t know much about Morgan State basketball, but I believe it’s a good school and a good Division I basketball program. When I heard I got the offer I was thrilled about it but mostly calm,” Lucas-White said.
Lucas-White found out about the offer after an AAU game. His coach, Levi Franklin, head coach of The Potomac School, as well as Maryland Finest AAU program, told him Morgan State had offered a scholarship.
His high school head coach, Chuck Henry, said Lucas-White is an exceptional leader and holds his teammates accountable and demands excellence from them on and off the floor.
“Man, I love coaching him,” Henry said. “Darren has seen his recruitment pick up in recent weeks. He got the offer at Morgan State, and several DI’s are starting to take notice. He is a 3.2-grade point average guy, so his recruiting will take even more of a spike in the fall when more coaches can get back out and see him again.”
Largo High School graduate Ardie Dorsey has played alongside Lucas-White since their elementary school league at Bradbury Heights Elementary School. Dorsey described him as just being an exciting basketball player.
“I call him D-Rock, but we have been brothers and teammates since we were little. He has always been a great basketball player, and I’m excited to see what he will do his senior year at Fairmont Heights,” Dorsey said. “He plays like an animal and always wants to destroy any defender in his way. At times he felt he was too nice, but for the most part he was aggressive on the boards and put the ball in the basket at a high level.”