Kansas Jayhawks

Mitch Lightfoot

Position Forward
Height 6'8''
Weight 225 lbs.
Class RS Senior
Hometown Gilbert, Ariz.
High School Gilbert Christian HS

Has played in 98 games while at KU with seven starts entering 2020-21 … Enters his senior season tied for 20th on the KU career blocked shots list with 98, tied with Paul Pierce (1996-98) … Has built a reputation for taking charges as he has led KU in the stat each of the last two seasons he has played with 16 in 2017-18 and 14 in 2018-19 … Was born in Kansas City and moved to Arizona as a youth … Graduated from KU with an economics degree in December 2020 and is pursuing a master’s degree in sport management.

2019-20 (SENIOR)
Was a redshirt in 2019-20 … Completed undergrad degree in economics in Dec. 2019.

2018-19 (JUNIOR)
Led KU with 14 charges drawn … Was second on the team with 33 blocked shots … Had seven games with multiple blocked shots … Posted nine games with five or more rebounds, including five in Big 12 play … Pulled down seven rebounds with five points vs. Northeastern (3/21) … Had nine blocked shots in three Big 12 Championship games, including a season-high four against West Virginia (3/15) … Logged a career-high 31 minutes with nine points, five rebounds and three blocks vs. Kansas State (2/25).

2017-18 (SOPHOMORE)
Started seven of 38 games played … Averaged 14.0 minutes, 3.8 points and 3.1 rebounds … Finished second on the team with 54 blocked shots … Ranked eighth in the Big 12 with 1.5 blocked shots per game … Had 13 games with multiple blocked shots, including a career-high six swats at TCU (1/6) … Posted two double figure scoring games with 10 points versus Texas Southern (11/21) and a career-high 11 points the following game against Oakland (11/24) … Had 10 games with five or more rebounds … Pulled down a career-high 11 rebounds vs. Penn (3/18) with nine points in the NCAA Tournament … Started all three games of the Big 12 Championship in place of the injured Udoka Azubuike … Went 22-for-31 (71.0 percent) in his last 11 games … Led Kansas with 16 charges drawn.

ITALY 2017
Started two of four games in KU’s 4-0 tour of Italy in early August … Averaged 6.3 points and 4.0 rebounds while on the trip … Pulled down six rebounds in the second game against the Players Group (Aug. 3) … In the following game against the same Players Group team (Aug. 5), had eight points and five rebounds.

2016-17 (FRESHMAN)
Played in 26 games and averaged 3.9 minutes, 0.9 points and 1.0 rebounds per contest … Saw action in 10 Big 12 contests … Scored a career-high five points on 2-of-2 shooting, 1-of-1 from 3-point range, in the Sweet 16 against Purdue (March 23) … Had 11 blocked shots on the season, including two against West Virginia (Feb. 13) and vs. UC Davis (March 17) in the NCAA Tournament opening round … Logged eight minutes in both West Virginia contests (Jan. 24, 2/13) … Played a season-high 14 minutes with a career-high five rebounds vs. UMKC (Dec. 6) … Scored three points with four rebounds vs. UNC Asheville (Nov. 25).

Averaged 22.6 points, 11.9 rebounds and 2.6 blocked shots in 2015-16 at Gilbert Christian High School in Gilbert, Arizona under head coach Kurt Keener … Named the Arizona Gatorade Player of the Year for 2015-16 … Received the Tough Guy Award by the Arizona Republic following his senior season … Led Gilbert Christian to a 21-6 record his senior year, advancing to the second round of the AIA Division II state tournament … Scored 32 points in the 2016 BallisLife All-America game April 30, at Long Beach City College in California … Averaged 17.9 points, 9.9 rebounds and 3.9 blocked shots in leading Gilbert Christian to the AIA Division II state title his junior season in 2014-15 … Named the player of the game in the 2015 state title contest where he scored 15 points … As a sophomore, averaged 15.0 points, 10.7 rebounds and 4.0 blocked shots per contest and was the Southern Arizona Player of the Year and all-section first-team honoree … Averaged 12.5 points, 8.0 rebounds and 3.8 blocked shots per outing and was the only freshman named to the All-Southern Arizona team, earning third-team honors.

Born Mitchell Marion Lightfoot in Kansas City, Missouri … Son of Matt and Rhonda Lightfoot … Has two younger brothers, Miles and Max, and a younger sister, Rhyann … Moved from Kansas City to Tucson, Arizona, when he was five years old … Graduated from KU with an economics degree in December 2020 and is pursuing a master’s degree in sport management.