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Kansas adds Ukrainian guard to recruiting class

Ukrainian guard Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk (full pronunciation Sviat-is-slov Meh-kai-luke) signed with the University of Kansas basketball team on May 21, the school announced. The 6-foot-8 shooting guard is just 16 years old and played for Cherkassy, a Ukrainian club team last season.

Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk  is one of the newest European phenoms.
Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk is one of the newest European phenoms.

Mykhailiuk impressed NBA scouts at the Nike Hoop Summit in Oregon last month with his shooting ability in practice. In the game, he tallied only two in 13 minutes of action.

I liked everything (about KU),” Mykhailiuk said. “From the history, the strength program and especially the coaches — everything. It’s Kansas. KU has players every year. Coach [Bill] Self has had so many players go to the NBA. That’s an important thing.”, analyst Rick Petro called Mykhailiuk “the best prospect in Europe in a long time, probably since Ricky Rubio.”

"Obviously, this is great news for us,” KU coach Bill Self said. “He is 16 years old and will turn 17 in June, but his skill level, knowledge and aptitude for the game are way beyond his years. I think that he will be an immediate impact guy. He is a guy that can play all three positions on the perimeter. At 6-8, he can play point, play the No. 2 (guard) or the No. 3 (guard). He allows us to be more versatile next year and certainly, there would be few people that would shoot it better than him.”

Kansas went 25-10 last year and will feature returnees Perry Ellis and Wayne Seldon jr. The Jayhawks also will have newcomers Cliff Alexander, Devonte Grahm and Kelly Oubre.

Mykhailiuk chose Kansas over Virginia and the playing professionally overseas. He will not arrive in Lawrence, Kansas, until the fall due to his obligations with the Ukrainian National Team.

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