An extremely hard playing and physical inside presence, Lightfoot can also step out and hit threes or the occasional hook shot.
The one time New Mexico commit is headed to his dream school, according to Arizona Power AAU coach John Ortega.
“Mitch stayed really true to process,” Ortega said. “We talked about it when he decommitted from New Mexico. I told him I have a friendship with the New Mexico staff and his concern was he’s going to make people upset but he thought he could do better.
“I said if you think you can do better then let’s shoot for the stars. I asked him what his dream school was and he said Kansas. He grew up in Kansas and it was his dream his whole life to play there. It was a big moment when Bill Self called and offered him.”
Despite receiving an offer from Lightfoot’s dream school, the senior post made sure to do his due diligence before making a decision.
“Usually when your dream school offers, you set up an official visit and you’re done,” said Ortega. “Mitch stayed the course and visited everywhere. Ultimately he just felt more comfortable with the staff and future players at Kansas.
“Sean Miller did an unbelievable job. The other four schools did an unbelievable job and didn’t make this an easy decision.”
Playing time and the job the Kansas staff has done developing posts played big roles in Lightfoot’s decision
“Their big pitch was they lost three bigs and they have a couple more they feel could be heading to the league,” Ortega said. “They said they have an immediate need for him. They found themselves in the situation where they need to be two or three bigs in this class and they all need to play right away.
“How they’ve developed bigs over the time they’ve been there was important. They went through all their bigs and how good they’ve got them. I think they’re 100% in their bigs coming in and playing professionally somewhere, whether that be NBA or overseas.”