Mitch Lightfoot, #44
- Year Freshman
- Pos Forward
- H/W 6-8/210
|High game points||5|
|Per-game breakdown||Total||Per game|
|Minutes per game||3.9|
|Points per game||0.9|
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.