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Kansas Basketball Plays April Fools Joke With Mitch Lightfoot Eligibility

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According to Kansas Basketball’s official page, Mitch Lightfoot is heading back to Lawrence next season for his seventh year, just see for yourself.

However, those of you that were unaware of the date have been bamboozled. It is April 1, a.k.a April Fools Day, so be on the lookout for tricks like this today.


Lightfoot has been with the Jayhawks since 2016 and has played in 166 career games. His 155 career blocked shots rank ninth in school history, tying him with John Crawford who played for KU in the late 70s.

After six seasons in Lawrence, Lightfoot’s career will come to an end with two trips to the Final Four (2018, 2022), though it was uncertain if he would be able to play in this season’s tournament due to a knee injury in the Big 12 Tournament. The sprained knee hasn’t caused Lightfoot to miss any games in the tournament, and his rim defense has been a vital part of Kansas’ deep run.

Coincidentally, Lightfoot and the Jayhawk will face the same team in the Final Four as he did in 2018, the Villanova Wildcats. Last time, the Jayhawks were eliminated by the eventual national champions, but Lightfoot hopes to get even this time around.


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