Elite 100: Mitch Lightfoot

CLAREMONT, Calif. - One of the Elite 100's top performers on Sunday was Arizona post Mitch Lightfoot, whose recruitment has really picked up recently.

It's been a successful spring and summer on the travel circuit for 6-foot-7, 200-pound Gilbert (Ariz.) Christian 2016 post Mitch Lightfoot, whose recruitment has picked up accordingly.

An athletic albeit undersized post, Lightfoot plays extremely hard and is a good athlete, which is going to make him very productive in camp settings. He can hit the outside shot, has a hook and rebounds very well.

"I do the intangibles well," Lightfoot said. "I hustle, rebound, take charges and score. I do what my team needs me to do. I need to get my handle better so I can become more of a 3/4.

"I feel like I can always do better so I'm going to get in the gym and figure out a way to get better. I'm halfway to where I could be and it will only get better from here."

Lightfoot made an early commitment to New Mexico but opened up his recruitment to everyone in April.

"I wanted to see all of my opportunities and figure out what's right for me," Lightfoot says. "I feel like I closed the door on a bunch of things early. It turns out I did; I'm getting offers from some top programs and it's nice to see all my hard work is paying off."

Recently there have been several schools that are showing Lightfoot serious attention and he's already officially visited one of them.

"I'm hearing from Kansas, Arizona, Utah, Stanford and mostly Pac-12 schools," Lightfoot said. "I think some East Coast schools are going to jump on board too.

"I officially visited Stanford. I love their campus, love their coaches and the players are awesome. They're obviously towards the top right now because the education I can get there would set me up for life."

Arizona and Kansas are two other schools that Lightfoot is happy to be hearing from.

"I'm from Arizona," Lightfoot said. "I love coach (Sean) Miller and his intensity. I love their program, McKale, and everything about it.

"I'm from Kansas too; I was born in Kansas City and lived there for five years. Bill Self is always going to bring in great players and I want to be around players who can help me get better."

Lightfoot will take his time through the process after AAU season finishes.

"I'm going to take my visits and then decide where I want to go to school," he said. "I've heard from multiple people that if I have the visits I should take them."


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