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Saturday, October 24, 2015

Arizona prep Lightfoot to reveal pick

Kansas University basketball recruiting.

Kansas University basketball recruiting.

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Blue-chip basketball prospect Mitch Lightfoot, who was born in Kansas City and remained a Kansas University fan after moving to Arizona at the age of 5, today is expected to orally commit to either KU or the University of Arizona.

Various recruiting experts believe the 6-foot-9, 210-pound senior forward from Gilbert (Arizona) Christian High, will ultimately announce for KU at a 3 p.m. Central time ceremony at the Arizona Preps Showcase in Glendale.

“Tomorrow is the day ladies and gentlemen,” Lightfoot wrote Friday on Twitter. Ranked 117th nationally by Rivals.com, he also has St. John’s, Utah and Stanford on his list of finalists.

Lightfoot — he averaged 17.9 points, 9.7 rebounds and 3.9 blocks for state-champ Gilbert last season — is known for his physicality and all-out hustle on the court. Sporting News described him as somebody with “an insane motor.”

“It’s my job to bring energy from the beginning,” Lightfoot told Sporting News. “That’s one of the biggest things. I always try to play with character and play in a way people would remember me by.”

At last summer’s Under Armour All-America camp, ESPN’s Fran Fraschilla told Sporting News: “He’s athletic. He’s got good basketball skills, a great work ethic, a great personality and he’s definitely a guy who has opened some eyes. All the basketball stuff is great, but his personality is just the icing on the cake for a guy like him. He’s been one of the more popular kids at the camp because he always has a smile on his face. You can laugh and joke with him, but he’s been in all the extra skill sessions trying to get better,” Fraschilla added.

ESPN’s Jeff Goodman last summer compared Lightfoot to former Wisconsin standout Sam Dekker.

“If Mitch were to have a Sam Dekker college career, I think he would be very happy with that,” Fraschilla told Sporting News. “Sam is a little bigger, Mitch might be a little more explosive, but I think being compared to Dekker is just a testament to what people think about Mitch. I told him to continue to work on his ball handling and his ability to play away from the basket so he doesn’t get locked into one spot. I think at the college level he’s going to be a small forward; his athleticism is off the charts.”

KU, which has three scholarships to give in recruiting, more if any non-seniors turn pro, has welcomed Jarrett Allen, a 6-9 senior from St. Stephens Episcopal School in Austin, Texas, to campus this weekend on an official recruiting visit. The No. 20-ranked Allen, who has visited Notre Dame and also is slated to visit Kentucky, is also considering Houston, Indiana, Kansas State, North Carolina and Texas.

Jackson to play: Josh Jackson, a 6-7 senior guard from Prolific Prep in Napa, California, who is ranked No. 1 in the Class of 2016, will play for Prolific Prep in a game against Sunrise Christian on Jan. 23 at Haskell University. The news was announced on the website thegrindsession.com. KU will meet Texas that day at 1 p.m. in Allen Fieldhouse. No time has been announced for the game at Haskell. Rivals.com believes it will be 7 p.m.

Comments

Kent Richardson 4 years, 4 months ago

Come on down Mitch! Sounds like he may be a fun player to watch. There are always a ton of 6" 9" guys coming out so what would separate him from the pack?

Not dreaming of a white Christmas but am wishing for a 7 foot rebounding, rim protecting devil who can match up with the Arizona, Kentucky, etc line ups. We have not been very scary inside since Embiid went down and then declared.

We will need great production from the 3 position this year to win the conference and hopefully get to a regional final.

Suzi Marshall 4 years, 4 months ago

On the surface initially not many will get overly excited about signing a kid ranked 117. However, every year we see these kids, like Dekker, who were ranked really low or not at all making monumental contributions. How many Hawk fans would not have loved it if Dekker were wearing our Crimson and Blue.

Was Dekker even ranked by Rivals coming out of HS?

Aaron Paisley 4 years, 4 months ago

Sam Dekker was a 5 star, top 15 recruit coming out of HS.

Gerry Butler 4 years, 4 months ago

well got to say, I'm as loyal as a fan as any, people who really know me know that for FACT, 1 thing for sure is if I weren't a dedicated fan I sure the hell wouldn't have a tattoo on my upper arm of a Jayhawk, have caught flack believe me but I always say well success brings envy, would stick with the down years of KU football, difference between a REAL fan and a closet fan, Real fans are there through thick and thin. Anyways now to my thought and some may not like what I say but no sweat off my ya, my Big question is- - -why since it seems to be a general concenus now that Mitch will announce he is committing to KU, why all of a sudden is this well sought after BLUE CHIP player? did he automatically become a big BLUE CHIP since KU got involved? Don't get me wrong, I'll be glad to have him I think he will be a solid role player but like so many others have said I KNOW we are not hoping this is the best we get, which I don't feel it will be, but I also hope we are just not grabbing a body to fill a spot on the roster. The kid was ranked like 132 or whatever, but people say they think he will make a big jump in ranking, WHY? because he signed or more then likely sign with KU? hmmmm or did his athletic ability all of a sudden become a lot better, did his talent just sky rocket? the answer is NO people are basing this on because KU and some others all of a sudden showed interest, doesn't mean he has become an overnight sensation. Again if he signs great, but to the editors of this paper come on now, being ranked a the 132 or even still anywhere in the 100's DOES NOT make you a BLUE CHIP PROSPECT sorry, you can like it or not it is what it is, ROCK CHALK ALL DAY LONG BABY

Aaron Paisley 4 years, 4 months ago

Lightfoot is fetting more exposure which plays a big part in the rankings. He went to couple of high profile camps that were invitation only and KU wasn't the only big name program after him. It's possible Lightfoot ends up as a mid level 4 star player (50ish-75ish). It wouldn't be unprecedented for a jump like that either as Mason, Graham, and Vick were all guys who jumped significantly in the ratings post signing.

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