The St. Joseph (Ohio) 6-4 ½, 200-pound wing tore the ACL in his right knee in the third quarter of a district title victory against St. Peter Chanel after landing awkwardly on the way down from a dunk.
``I got up and my leg just felt a little tight, but there was no pain," Lighty said. ``I just thought I twisted my knee."
And after a sub-par first half in which he was 1-for-7 from the field, Lighty finished with 19 points and a dozen boards – including eight rebounds in the final quarter.
However, Lighty (No. 13, Scout.com) woke up the next day and his knee was swollen. He got an MRI a couple days later and found out the result.
Lighty, who had surgery this past Thursday, will be out of action for about six months.
However, it's hasn't been out of sight, out of mind for college coaches. In fact, it's been just the opposite.
Lighty averaged 24.5 points and 12 boards per game and established himself as one of the elite players in the Class of 2006. He's also considered one of the top wide receivers in the state, if not the country, but he elected not to play football this past season and likely won't play his senior campaign.
``All the schools have been supportive," said Emily Lighty, David's mother. "Syracuse even sent us a card signed by all the players. We have really been able to tell who's in our corner."
There's a chance that Lighty could take an official trip to Syracuse by the end of April. He's taken unofficial visits to Ohio State, Syracuse and Michigan and is also looking at Arizona, Florida, Michigan State and North Carolina.
``I'm going to start to narrow it down a little more," Lighty said. "As soon as my knee feels better and I can walk on it without a problem, I may take a couple of visits."