Lightfoot starts second recruiting process

Mitch Lightfoot has reopened his recruitment in 2016 and a number of schools have already reached out.

When Mitch Lightfoot committed to New Mexico in Sept. 2014, it was one of the first West Coast prospects in the 2016 class to come off the board.

Now the 6-foot-8, 205-pound center from Gilbert (Ariz.) Christian is opening his recruitment.

"I just felt like I made an immature decision," Lightfoot said. "This is something I need to be happy with the rest of my life and I felt like I needed to be better informed. I want to see all of my options."

When Lightfoot looks to make a decision this time around, he has a good list of attributes he'll be looking for in a college.

"I want a good school for academics and a good school for athletics," he said. "I want somewhere I can play in the (NCAA) tournament. I want someone who can develop me and make me the player I want to be."

Lightfoot listed Arizona, Arizona State, Creighton, Utah, Oregon State, Oregon, Vanderbilt, Gonzaga, Memphis and Stanford as schools which have reached out since the commitment.

"I'm just looking for a good program," Lightfoot said. "I could less if it's local. I just want it to be somewhere I feel comfortable."

Even though Lightfoot sat out his junior season due to transfer rules, he's pleased with how his development is coming along.

"I'm definitely shooting the ball a lot better," he said. "My handle has really improved. I'm becoming more of a stretch four; I'm shooting the ball really well."

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