Wichita Falls Times Record News
Published June 14, 2018
As soon as the Oil Bowl rosters were announced, Aaron Ermis knew he had two people he needed to immediately text.
Before he returned to Seymour and eventually led the Panthers in scoring as a senior, Ermis spent two seasons playing for the Burkburnett junior varsity. Also on that team was Austin Lucas, who led City View in scoring the last two seasons, and Jalen White, who was Burkburnett’s third-leading scorer and leading rebounder as a senior.
That trio has been reunited for Friday’s Oil Bowl boys basketball all-star game as members of the East All-Stars. Tip off is at 7:30 p.m. at Rider Fieldhouse. The girls all-star game will precede it at 6 p.m.
For Ermis, Lucas and White, it’s a chance for their basketball paths to come together once again.
“They’re both great basketball players,” Ermis said. “I texted both of them immediately when I saw we were on the same team. They were great teammates. I’m pretty excited to be playing with both of them again.”
While together at Burkburnett, the all-star trio were part of a talented junior varsity squad that only lost one game while they were together. That lone loss came against an Electra varsity team that featured Xavier Waggoner and Drake Cooper and made back-to-back trips to the Region II-2A Tournament.
“My freshman year we were 24-1,” Ermis recalled. “When I moved my sophomore year we were 16-0. We had good chemistry. I’m not used to losing with those guys.”
Ermis was born in Seymour and didn’t move to Burkburnett until he was a freshman. He was a nice addition to a very deep basketball program and had shining moments on the junior varsity, including a 30-point performance.
Lucas scored 38 points in a single game while on the Burk JV. White provided the occasional big-scoring night as well, while also displaying consistency on the boards.
City View’s Austin Lucas left Burkburnett and became one of the top scorers in the area while starring for the Mustangs. (Photo: Lauren Roberts/Times Record News)
Those three guys were kept down on the junior varsity due to a talented varsity squad that included all-state players Darion Chafin and Case Caldwell.
“We were a really good team,” Lucas said. “We had several guys who could score 20 points in any game. I think we had one game where we scored 105 points playing in the back gym. It was a lot of fun.”
After Ermis moved back to Seymour in early 2016, Lucas also left Burk and headed to City View after his sophomore season. The move worked out for both players.
Lucas led City View in scoring in both of his seasons with the Mustangs, leading them to the first playoff appearances in more than a decade. He led the area in scoring last season, averaging 23.5 points per game. That earned him TABC all-region and Red River 22 honors.
Ermis finally had a varsity breakthrough as a senior at Seymour. He led the Panthers with 16.7 points per game and was Co-Most Valuable Player of District 9-2A along with being named TABC all-region.
White stuck it out at Burk and had two prolific seasons with the Bulldogs. He was a first-team all-district as a junior and the only returning starter as a senior. White led the Bulldogs to the regional quarterfinals of the playoffs where they were narrowly knocked off by Midlothian Heritage.
White, who will play at Dallas Baptist University this fall, averaged 14.4 points and 8.8 rebounds as a senior, earning TABC all-region and Red River 22 honors.
Separately, their high school careers turned out wonderfully, but together they can remember being almost unbeatable on the junior varsity level. They’ll try to relive those memories Saturday.
“We all had fun playing together,” White said. “We had chemistry. It’s going to be real fun to play with these guys again. Hopefully we can win again.”