Kansas signs Ukrainian standout Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk
Kansas and coach Bill Self obtained a commitment on Wednesday from Ukrainian prospect Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk. A versatile 6-foot-6 guard, Mykhailiuk is widely considered one of the top young players in Europe. He'll turn 17 in June, and he recently graduated high school in Ukraine.
Kansas announced Wednesday afternoon that Mykhailiuk had signed a National Letter of Intent. Self gave his newest signing glowing reviews in a press release:
"We got a lot better today. He's not here yet and he won't come until the fall because he's going to stay back and play with his national team this summer, which we strongly encourage. He's a young man who will be so exciting to watch his growth because of his age, his intellect and his 'want to.' This guy really wants to be a player and really wants to do it here in the States."
Logging minutes with Ukrainian pro club Cherkasy this season, Mykhailiuk averaged 5.8 points in 19.6 minutes and shot 44 percent from three-point range. He shone for the Ukrainian U-16 squad at the 2013 European Championships, averaging 25.2 points and eight rebounds per game. He's a dangerous outside shooter and solid athlete who gives Kansas yet another option on the wing.
Mykhailiuk was the youngest player in April's Nike Hoop Summit, which pitted some of the world's top prospects against American prep stars, including future Kansas teammates Cliff Alexander and Kelly Oubre. He joins that five-star duo and point guard Devonte Graham as part of another strong recruiting class for Self and the Jayhawks. Because of his age, Mykhailiuk won't be eligible for the NBA draft until two seasons from now.