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Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk picks Kansas

By Jeff Goodman

Kansas has added talented Ukrainian guard Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk, the school announced Wednesday.

The versatile 6-foot-8 guard played for Cherkassy in the Ukraine, and came over and participated in the Nike Hoop Summit last month in Oregon. He only scored two points in 13 minutes in the game, but numerous NBA scouts there were impressed with his ability to shoot the ball in the practices leading up to it.

"Obviously, this is great news for us," 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."

Mykhailiuk also considered attending Virginia.

"I liked everything," Mykhailiuk said of the Jayhawks. "From the history, the strength program and especially the coaches -- everything. It's Kansas. KU has players every year. Coach Self has had so many players go to the NBA. That's an important thing."

News of Mykhailiuk's signing was earlier reported by DraftExpress.

One NBA scout compared Mykhailiuk to former Michigan star Nik Stauskas due to his size and ability to make shots from the perimeter.

"He's extremely talented and can really shoot it," another NBA executive told "He has to get stronger, but he can make a play with the ball in his hands. He gets bumped off his route right now."

Mykhailiuk is expected to enroll at Kansas this fall and join a team that returns Perry Ellis, Wayne Selden Jr. and adds a talented freshmen class that includes Cliff Alexander and Kelly Oubre.

The key for the Jayhawks, however, remains whether Self can find a point guard who can lead them deep into the tournament. Last year's starter, Naadir Tharpe, left the program. Now, it will be a competition between sophomores Frank Mason and Conner Frankamp as well as incoming freshman Devonte Graham.