Lightfoot connects with Hurley on visit

Local prep basketball star Mitch Lightfoot was impressed by new Arizona State coach Bobby Hurley in a meeting this week and is considering the Sun Devils along with some nationally prominent programs

Former New Mexico commit Mitch Lightfoot was offered a scholarship by Arizona State Wednesday during an unofficial visit with the program's new head coach Bobby Hurley.

Lightfoot, a 6-foot-8 post player and rising senior at Gilbert Christian, was accompanied on the visit by his Arizona Power AAU club coach John Ortega.

"I just wanted to see what coach Hurley was all about and what his staff was like and I really liked what I saw," Lightfoot said. "Me and coach Hurley, I felt, got along really well and sort of had the same edge and intensity."

As a junior, Lightfoot averaged 18 points and 10 rebounds, guiding Gilbert Christian to a state title and earning Division II first-team all-state honors as a result.

After de-committing from New Mexico, Lightfoot picked up a scholarship offer from Arizona and Kansas, and has Stanford recruiting him as well. But Lightfoot said the Sun Devils have a legitimate chance.

"My thing is, they're so close to home you can't count them out and plus I could be sort of a hometown hero type thing," he said. "Not trying to be cocky or anything but that would be kind of cool."

Confidence in Hurley would go a long way to making ASU more potent in the recruitment. The former Duke All-American point guard told Lightfoot that he reminded him of a former teammate at Duke, fellow All-American Christian Laettner."

"The comparison to Laettner was awesome," Lightfoot said. "Coach Hurley played with him so he would know.

"I think he wants me to come in and help out right away and help the team progress to the next level as far as competing for Pac-12 championships and Final Fours. He has great vision for the program and I think he has the tools to do it. He played the game and just watching his film and stuff, he was a fiery competitor and doesn't like losing and I really enjoy my coaches getting just as amped up as I am."

Lightfoot said he's currently considering about a half dozen schools and is still a few months away from a final decision on his next destination.

"Right now I'm looking to play out July and then see how things go and make a decision on where I want to go maybe a month or so into school," he said. "I want to take some official visits, maybe visit some other places."


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