Mitch Lightfoot, #44

  • Year Freshman
  • Pos Forward
  • H/W 6-8/210

Season stats

Shooting A M %
Field goals 18 10 .556
Free throws 12 2 .167
Three pointers 3 2 .667
High game points 5
Effective FG% .611
Per-game breakdown Total Per game
Off. rebounds90.3
Def. rebounds160.6
Blocked shots110.4
Games played26
Games started0
Minutes per game3.9
Total Points24
Points per game0.9
Personal fouls17
Technical fouls0
Triple doubles0
Double doubles0


Mitch Lightfoot’s love of basketball and desire to emerge as a productive college basketball player surfaced during a summertime conversation with the freshman forward out of Gilbert Christian High in Arizona.

Asked what he thought of McCarthy Hall, Kansas’ modern, new apartment complex for KU basketball players (and some other students on campus), Lightfoot, for instance, did not mention the spacious living quarters, movie theatre and/or lounges on each floor.

He actually brought up something designed to make him a better point producer.

“It is amazing, especially to have a (half) court in the dorm. Now there’s no excuse to not be an 80 percent free-throw shooter,” the 6-foot-8 Lightfoot said, dreaming of all the hours he can spend working on his free-throw form during his spare time the next four years.

“Everything is right there. Everyone being in the same dorm is nice,” he added, salivating at the thought of pick-up games day and night.

Lightfoot arrives at KU with the reputation as not only somebody with physical skills — he averaged 22.6 points and 11.9 rebounds a game his senior season — but strong intangibles. “He has a nasty streak and is unbelievably competitive,” KU coach Bill Self said.

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