Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Mitch Lightfoot, a 6-foot-7, 200-pound 2016 forward from Gilbert (Ariz.) Christian High, took an official visit to Kansas this weekend.
“It went very well,” he said. “I had a great time at Kansas.
“I like the tradition and how they use their big guys. They would use me as a stretch 4 that would really help their team with the losses of Perry [Ellis], Jamari [Traylor] and Hunter [Mickelson].”
A onetime New Mexico commit, Lightfoot has now visited Kansas, Utah and Stanford with John’s (Oct. 2-4) and Arizona (Oct. 10) up next. St. John’s coach Chris Mullin had a home visit with Lightfoot on the eve of the Kansas trip.
He recently broke down all five schools for Scout.com:
Arizona: “I love coach (Sean) Miller and how he coaches. He has an up-tempo, in your face style and I fit into that. It’s great location; I lived in Tucson for 12 years so I know a lot about it and have a lot of friends down there.”
Kansas: “I’m from Kansas so I’ve watched them for a long time and was raised with Kansas. All my family from over there are Kansas fans. They have a great program; they’ve won national championships and they develop players.”
St. John’s: “Coach (Chris) Mullin played on the Dream Team and it’s New York. I think they’re the one place that could ‘wow’ me that I didn’t know about before. They play in Madison Square Garden, they have coach Mullin and it’s an awesome fan base.”
Stanford: “You can’t go wrong with their education; that’s their greatest asset. Coach (Johnny) Dawkins played in the NBA and knows how to coach. They have an awesome campus and have two players from Arizona – Dorian Pickens and Michael Humphrey – so it would be cool having people there from my area.”
Utah: “Coach (Larry) Krystkowiak played my position in the NBA so it goes without saying he can get me to the next level and help me become a better player. The facilities out there are amazing; they’re building a new practice facility and it’s awesome.”
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.