Jonathan Lucas Makes History as First Hartfield Basketball Player to Sign to Division I Program

Standing at an unmistakable 6’7”, Jonathan Lucas has been dedicated to the game of basketball as long as he can remember. In two years of Varsity play since his arrival junior year, Jonathan has established himself as a stalwart leader and athlete. This month, he celebrated a Player of the Year selection and Division I signing ceremony, claiming a spot on the McNeese State Basketball roster this fall. 
A notorious high-flying slam dunker with an exceptional rebound average and a hard-working nature, Lucas is certainly a talented competitor. “Lucas’ ability to handle the ball, shoot a high percentage mid-range, and his developed physical postgame make him versatile and very difficult to defend,” describes the Hartfield coaching staff. 

“Jonathan has many characteristics that make him an outstanding ball player,” said Assistant Coach Junior Atkinson. He adds, “Being coachable is always important for anyone as they prepare to play at the next level, and Jonathan is a very coachable kid. On top of that, his confidence and willingness to win played a huge part in us winning the State Championship this year. Any coach would be blessed to have this kid on their team."

When asked about his Player of the Year selection and recent McNeese State signing, Jonathan had this to say:

“It is an honor to be selected as Player of the Year. There are a lot of great players in 4A and I am honored to be selected. When I consider players like Josh Lee and his tremendous ability, it is humbling to be named the best of 4A. Honestly, I believe our entire team could have been named Player of the Year.” 

On the 2020-2021 season and the year ahead, Jonathan continued, “It was a dream season and one I will never forget. The dream will continue when I sign to play basketball at McNeese State University.  I have had a lifelong dream to play Division I basketball and to finally be able to achieve this goal is an amazing feeling. It proves to me and to everyone who has a dream. If you put your mind to it and work hard, you can achieve whatever you dream.”

Head Coach (and fellow Coach of the Year honoree) Steven Makamson describes Jonathan the kind of player who “has all the tools to become a very successful collegiate player: he has ability, size, competitiveness, and a strong work ethic.” Coach Mako also shared, “There is no question in my mind that he is going to have a great college career. I’m looking forward to observing and enjoying the experiences he’s going to have.”

Lucas counts his faith in God and the encouragement of others as the engine that fuels his game. “(I’ve learned to) always work hard and Trust God. There were times in my career that I could not imagine myself playing Division 1 basketball but through trusting God and working hard my goal has been achieved. I am thankful for the whole Hartfield Coaching Staff for quickly accepting me 2 years ago and helping me develop me not only to be a better player but a better man. I am also very thankful for my former trainer Omhar Carter (of MBA Hoops). I began training with Omhar after my 9th grade year and he helped develop into the player I am today. I would not be half the player I am today without him.”

Jonathan’s Hartfield Basketball highlights include: 20 reached rebound King of Team Quotas, 7 double/doubles, a season-high 22 points vs Simpson and 16 rebounds vs Hillcrest, an average 12.5 Points Per Game (PPG), and a team-leading 53.6% Field Goal Percentage (FG%). 

Accolades include: 1st Team All District, South AAAA State All Tournament Team, AAAA State All Tournament Team, and Overall All Tournament Team.  He was selected to the AAAA All-MAIS Team and voted the Most Valuable Player.  He was also selected to MAIS All Star Team and closed out his high school career with 17 points in that game.
Hartfield Academy is fully accredited by both the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), the MidSouth Association of Independent Schools (MAIS), the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) and the Southern Association of independent Schools (SAIS).