On April 4th, Kansas captured their fourth national championship with a 72-69 win over the North Carolina Tar Heels. This was the Jayhawks 16th Final Four appearance, which is the fifth-most all time, and tied Bill Self with former head coach Roy Williams for most appearances by a Kansas coach, with four.
Mitch Lightfoot‘s career for Kansas seemed to last forever, after redshirting his senior year in 2019-2020 and then returning for his super senior season this past year. The decision to return paid off for the 6’8 forward, as he appeared in all 40 games and was a part of the championship run.
Lightfoot was a fan favorite amongst both fans and media during his career with Kansas. He now holds the record for most wins throughout his time with the Jayhawks, with 171 victories, but no win was sweeter than his last game in a Kansas uniform. Lightfoot has now decided to sell off some of his Final Four memorabilia, including a game worn jersey.
Lightfoot was apart of two Final Four appearances for the Jayhawks, being just one of two players that who were on both the 2018 and 2022 Final Four runs. Lightfoot played in 168 games for Kansas, which is also the most in school history. He ended his career with 156 career blocked shots, putting him at ninth on the list for the Jayhawks.
Born in Kansas City, Lightfoot graduated from Kansas with an economics degree in December of 2019, and a sport management master’s degree in May of 2021. Who will be the next, seemingly, decade-long player like Perry Ellis or Mitch Lightfoot to come out of Kansas?