The Kansas Jayhawks landed their first verbal commitment for the 2016 recruiting cycle on Saturday, as 6′-9″ power forward Mitch Lightfoot of Gilbert Christian (AZ) announced his pledge.
Lightfoot reportedly popped for Kansas over in-state Arizona, along with Pac-12 programs Stanford and Utah, as well as St. John’s. As a junior, Lightfoot was committed to New Mexico. He rates as a borderline top 100 player nationally.
Kansas has three senior big men on the roster, and Lightfoot projects as a four year program player who can be brought along slowly. Given the way the future roster maps out, Lightfoot could challenge to start as a junior.
Lightfoot reportedly averaged 18 points and 10 rebounds per game as a junior. He is considered the top high school prospect in Arizona.
Kansas Scholarship Grid
|Point Guards||Frank Mason (Sr)||Devonte Graham (Sr)||Marcus Garrett (So)||Marcus Garrett (Jr)|
|Devonte Graham (Jr)||Marcus Garrett (Fr)|
|Wings||Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk (Jr)||Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk (Sr)||Lagerald Vick (Sr)||Malik Newman (Sr)|
|Lagerald Vick (So)||Lagerald Vick (Jr)||Malik Newman (Jr)||Josh Jackson (Sr)|
|Malik Newman (Tr)||Malik Newman (So)||Josh Jackson (Jr)|
|Josh Jackson (Fr)||Josh Jackson (So)|
|Posts||Landen Lucas (Sr)||Dwight Coleby (Sr)||Carlton Bragg (Sr)||Mitch Lightfoot (Sr)|
|Dwight Coleby (Jr)||Carlton Bragg (Jr)||Evan Maxwell (Sr)||Udoka Azbuike (Sr)|
|Evan Maxwell (Tr)||Evan Maxwell (Jr)||Mitch Lightfoot (Jr)|
|Carlton Bragg (So)||Mitch Lightfoot (So)||Udoka Azbuike (Jr)|
|Mitch Lightfoot (Fr)||Udoka Azbuike (So)|
|Udoka Azbuike (Fr)|