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KU forward Mitch Lightfoot officially puts the redshirt in the past

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Kansas forward Mitch Lightfoot (44) comes in for a dunk on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah. Teams practiced and gave interviews to media members before Thursday's opening round games.

Kansas forward Mitch Lightfoot (44) comes in for a dunk on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah. Teams practiced and gave interviews to media members before Thursday's opening round games. by Nick Krug

Kansas forward Mitch Lightfoot is ready to get back on the court with his teammates on game nights.

And he found an interesting way to show it.

Back at home, like many other people waiting out the COVID-19 health crisis, the 6-foot-9 senior-to-be who will be back for a fifth season of Kansas basketball next season, posted a video of himself burning a red shirt on his social media channels.

“What’s up KU fans,” Lightfoot said in the video. “I just want to say I’m officially burning the redshirt and am ready for next season.”

The post that accompanied it mentioned that there was “no such thing as too much lighter fluid,” and Lightfoot twice doused the shirt with streams of liquid from a bottle as the garment sat in a fire pit on a patio.

Although he did not play during the 2019-20 season, Lightfoot was a key contributor in practice. His veteran presence and willingness to take on any challenge provided senior All-American Udoka Azubuike with a formidable foe on KU’s famed red squad.

And his basketball intelligence and three seasons of experience enabled him to fill a key role when KU’s rotation players ran against scout team offense and defense in practices.

Lightfoot also regularly pointed out little notes to his teammates during games and in film sessions and continued to put in his own work, on the court and in the weight room, to improve his game.

Although it remains to be seen exactly what role he will have with the 2020-21 team, Lightfoot has positioned himself well to be a regular part of the rotation, as both a physical presence and reliable player.

He also enters the season as one of the best — if not the best — shot blockers on KU’s roster and a player known for his ability to draw charges.

Lightfoot will join David McCormack, Silvio De Sousa and incoming freshman Gethro Muscadin in the KU front court next season.

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Comments

Chris Bailey 1 month, 1 week ago

I love watching Lightfoot play and his ability to block shots is a game changer! He brings great energy to the floor too! I hope he has a monster year with tons of minutes because he deserves every one he gets this season. He's truly a Jayhawk for life! Rock Chalk!

Jonathan Allison 1 month ago

first, I think. and maybe the third?

Buck Bukaty 1 month, 1 week ago

I hope he spent lots of time working on drop-step moves with The Blender!

Seems to be a lost art.

Jonathan Allison 1 month ago

Perry Ellis really did have a knack for getting his shot off against bigger athletes, but that probably won't be Mitch's role. Perry was the top dog by his Sr. year, and was the solid second option in year 3. Mitch will play an important role as an energy guy and may even be able to provide some scoring spark, but not likely to be a primary weapon.

W Keith Swinehart II 1 month, 1 week ago

Premiere blocker. Energy. Enthusiasm. True blue. Love Mitch

Brad Avery 1 month ago

Hope he has developed his outside shot while in limbo. With a bit more offense, he could be a great player.

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