Monday, October 12, 2015

Arizona prep forward Mitch Lightfoot nearing decision

Kansas University basketball recruiting

Kansas University basketball recruiting


Mitch Lightfoot, a 6-foot-8 senior power forward from Gilbert (Arizona) Christian High, made his fifth and final recruiting visit — to the University of Arizona — over the weekend.

The No. 117-rated player in the Class of 2016 (by has now completed his five allotted trips to ’Zona, Kansas University, Utah, St. John’s and Stanford and is expected to announce his college choice soon.

“It went really well,” Lightfoot told, of his visit to Arizona. “I’m going to take a week or so to decide where my future lies.”

Lightfoot, who visited KU on Sept. 18-19, has made a number of unofficial visits to Arizona. indicates he attended the Sept. 26 Arizona-UCLA football game and “hung out with Stanley Johnson (of Detroit Pistons).”

Perhaps helping KU is the fact Lightfoot was born in Kansas City, where he lived five years. He has family in the metro area and remains a KC Chiefs fan. He has also admitted to being a fan of both KU and Arizona basketball most of his life.

“They (family in KC) just want me to be successful wherever I choose to go,” Lightfoot told

Lightfoot decommitted from New Mexico last April. Of his recruitment, he said: “I’m just enjoying the process and lucky to be enjoying the process. I’ve been to a lot of places I wouldn’t have been able to see if not for basketball.”

The early signing period is Nov. 11-18.

KU, UK targets: A whopping four of the five senior high school basketball prospects who attended Friday’s Late Night in the Phog will next turn their attention to Kentucky’s Big Blue Madness this Friday.

No. 2-ranked Harry Giles, No. 5 De’Aaron Fox, No. 6 Malik Monk and No. 16 Marques Bolden each have both KU and UK on their lists. The fifth senior to attend Late Night, No. 34 Schnider Herard, is not considering the Wildcats.

Good visit: Giles, a 6-10 forward from Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Virginia, took to Twitter on Sunday night and wrote: “I would like to thank Kansas for having me this weekend! I had an incredible time and felt welcomed by everyone. I loved it. #RockChalk.”

He’s considering KU, UK, Duke, Wake Forest and North Carolina.

Good visit II: Monk, a 6-foot-4 combo guard from Bentonville (Arkansas) High, will visit Arkansas on Oct. 23-24. He’s expected to visit Florida State and North Carolina as well. He was on Oregon’s campus on Sept. 18-19.

“Malik really had a great time (at KU),” Monk’s brother, Marcus, told “The coaching staff and players really made him feel at home.”

Bol likes KU: Bol Bol, a 6-11, 180-pound sophomore forward from Roeland Park’s Bishop Miege High who is ranked No. 10 in the Class of 2018, attended Late Night. He has an early list of KU, Oklahoma, Wake Forest, Missouri, St. John’s, Creighton and New Mexico State.

“Everything about my visit to Kansas was a lot different than high school,” Bol, the son of former NBA player Manute Bol, told “The coaching staff just told me that I am good player and we talked a little bit about stuff like that. I haven’t set anything yet, but I’ll probably return for a game. I’d like to watch a game at Kansas this season.

Wilkes enjoys KU trip: Wyatt Wilkes, a 6-8 junior forward from Winter Park (Florida) High who is ranked No. 141 in the Class of 2017, attended Late Night with his AAU teammate, Chaundee Brown, 6-5 junior from First Academy in Orlando, Florida. Brown is ranked No. 73 in his class.

Wilkes has received scholarship offers from Clemson, Rice, Tennessee, UAB, UCF and Virginia Tech. He has also heard from Alabama, Duke, Florida, Florida State, Kansas, Purdue, Stanford and Virginia.

Wilkes told he was impressed with KU’s McCarthy Hall. It’s the new apartment complex for the players.

“They are the nicest dorms that I’ve ever seen,” Wilkes said. “They are incredible. I can definitely say that the new dorms are the top in the country. You have your own bathroom and a big kitchen area with a living room with a TV. They have a barbershop in the new dorms and a massage room. They have a pool table, a ping pong table, a movie theater, and a balcony that has a grill with some tables and chairs. It’s absolutely awesome. They also have a basketball court in the new dorms.

He added: “Coach Self said they are real interested in me, and Chaundee also, and they are coming down to watch me practice next week, on Monday.”


Robert Brock 6 years, 8 months ago

I predict that KU will do what it did last year in the early signing period - nada.

Greg Ledom 6 years, 8 months ago

Based on how last year turned out..........I'd take that.

Rodney Crain 6 years, 8 months ago

Lightfoot - AZ or Stanford

Agree Robert Early Signing period will be nada signings. We should expect this the other schools are not done signing top 100 recruits. We have to wait till they are done. We will be fine there are 30 players left in the top 100 and they can't sign them all can they? This year we are even waiting for B12 schools to sign who they want first. Its only fair, we need better competition in conference.

Even if they do sign everyone who is left we will find someone somewhere next April or May. No need to panic, be concerned, nor worried. This is all going just how we planned it I bet.

Glen Miller 6 years, 8 months ago

I agree that we will get recruits either way. I don't agree that this is going how we planned it. I would imagine Self prefers to land commitments earlier rather than later. I highly doubt they want to walk out of the early signing period without a single player inked.........

Humpy Helsel 6 years, 8 months ago

I wonder if I could get my hands on the designs for the new dorms. Sounds like I might like to put some of the design ideas in the plans for a new home. Especially the bathroom idea. Hadn't thought of that. I had thought of a basketball court and barbershop, but the rest of the ideas had escaped me.

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