The Kansas Jayhawks should have a tremendous core of key contributors, but they’re actually so loaded with talent that senior Mitch Lightfoot could redshirt next season.
Earlier this offseason, Udoka Azubuike quickly announced that he’ll return to Kansas rather than enter the NBA Draft. His previous season was cut short due to torn ligaments in his shooting hand.
Kansas received another boost to its frontcourt in May, as Silvio De Sousa decided to put his professional basketball dreams on hold. The talented forward missed all of last season because of a suspension from the NCAA.
In addition to having two veterans to trust in the paint, Bill Self is also expecting a big season from sophomore David McCormack.
With so many options for Kansas next season, it’s possible that Lightfoot delays his senior campaign to stay in Lawrence for two more years.
Lightfoot revealed that he’ll consider redshirting this season, but isn’t close to making a final decision.
“I mean, yeah, I would,” he said when asked directly if he would consider redshirting this season. “But that’s a decision we haven’t made yet.”
Added Self, when asked about the prospects of anyone on his 2019-20 roster redshirting: “Possibly, yeah. I don’t know though. Nobody has to sit out. So I don’t know what we’ll do, if anything, with that.”
Although Lightfoot could serve as a role player, there isn’t much clarity as to how many minutes he’d receive.
The senior forward is coming off a season where he averaged 2.4 points and 2.9 rebounds per contest.
Despite not having guaranteed playing time at Kansas, it’s possible that Lightfoot doesn’t redshirt so he can be part of a championship run.