Kansas Jayhawks basketball coach Bill Self is after another international recruit. He’s Ukrainian guard, Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk (try to say that 5 times fast) a 6-foot-6 standout that is expected to visit with Kansas this weekend according to Rivals.com.
Mykhailiuk is only 17 years old so his story is a bit unique. He’s been highly touted since he was able to showcase his talents at the annual Nike Hoop Summit in Portland. The event showcases not only American prospects, but is well-known to inviting international talent as well. Kansas recruits Kelly Oubre and Cliff Alexander were also participants.
While up there in Portland, Mykhailiuk revealed that he is in fact interested in playing college basketball in the United States. Self has had success with international recruits before (Sasha Kaun, Joel Embiid) and this kid’s talent should be intriguing to a number of schools.
His game reminds me a bit of Dirk Nowitzki, forward for the Dallas Mavericks. Mykhailiuk has one of the prettiest shots I’ve seen in a while and the reason I say he reminds of Dirk, is his ability to dribble away from the defender and pull up quick. His approach to the basket is smooth and he has good size for a 17-year-old.
If Self can land him, the Jayhawks will be extremely tough to defend on the wing. With their 6-foot-7 recruit, Kelly Oubre, and the return of Wayne Selden Jr. and Brannen Greene, Mykhailiuk could make this team deadly.
There is no guarantee that he will stay in the U.S. to play college basketball but, Kansas went ahead with the recruiting process anyway. Rivals is also reporting that he has a visit with Virginia scheduled as well.
Perhaps once he see’s The Phog, he’ll want to stay.
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