Lightfoot Chooses Kansas
Mitch Lightfoot has decided to continue his college basketball career in Lawrence, Kansas.
The 6-8, 210 forward's commitment is a bit of a homecoming, as he lived in Kansas until he was six-years-old, and from there moved to Tucson before spending his final two years of high school in the Phoenix Metropolitan area at Gilbert Christian. Lightfoot grew up a fan of Kansas, and recounted to ArizonaVarsity.com back in July some of his favorite Jayhawk memories.
"I love watching them as a team... I remember watching Mario Chalmers hit that three in the tournament to win it. I remember the Morris twins. One of my personal favorites is Thomas Robinson. He's a hard worker who put himself in a position to succeed every time he was on the court."
Lightfoot was originally pledged to New Mexico, but reopened his commitment in April of this year. Kansas extended an offer to the forward that Rivals ranks as the #117 player in the country within a week of Lightfoot reopening his recruitment. Lightfoot then saw his recruiting pick up steam over the summer, and his strong play at the club level brought media attention and comparisons to the likes of Sam Dekker, and even Christian Laettner during his visit to Arizona State.
Lightfoot's visits to his top 5 schools took him to Stanford in May, and Utah in early September. He visited Kansas in mid-September, days after hosting coach Bill Self for an in-home visit, and then finished his tour of schools in October with trips to St. John's and Arizona.
Prior to heading to Lawrence, Lightfoot will attempt to lead Gilbert Christian in a defense of their division 2 Arizona State basketball title. Lightfoot averaged 18 points, 10 rebounds and 4 blocks per game last year en route to a state title win.