Forget Bill Self. Does the Kansas men’s basketball team have a new recruiting weapon?
KU target Mitch Lightfoot, a power forward from Gilbert, Ariz., offered a glimpse at that weapon last week, sending out a Twitter post that included a photo of letters from young Jayhawks fans with the caption “Not every day do you have 30 second graders write you letters to tell you to go to a school.” The post drew more than 50 retweets and favorites.
Lightfoot returned home from an official visit at Kansas over the weekend. Ranked as the 118th-best prospect in the 2016 class, Lightfoot has Kansas City roots and a short list of possible destinations: He’s also considering Arizona, St. John’s, Stanford and Utah.
There is, of course, no NCAA rule against cute second graders in the organization’s vast web of bylaws, there is a NCAA rule that prohibits “boosters” from contacting prospective recruits on behalf of a school. According to the NCAA, a person becomes a booster if he or she has “Assisted or has been requested by university staff to assist in the recruitment of prospective student-athletes.”
In this case, though, one of Lightfoot’s young cousins in the Kansas City area was behind the letter-writing campaign. So unless one of those second-graders has donated money to KU athletics, the letters can continue.