This 6’8” one hundred ninety-five pound Shooting Guard was born just over eighteen years ago on June 10, 1997 and has already played professionally in Europe.
In fact, he performed regularly as a member of Cherkaski Magpy in the Ukrainian Basketball Super League from 2012 to 2014. His has also been and, in fact, still is, a member of the Ukrainian National Basketball Team.
His experiences as a teenaged professional in a European professional league did not go unnoticed by college scouts and team executives and coaches. The young Shooting Guard became a sought after player deemed ready to perform at a high level in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) basketball games.
In truth, several collegiate basketball programs scouted the young Ukrainian player, liked what they saw and, as a result, offered him a basketball scholarship.
Mykhailiuk considered all of his suitors and finally decided to accept a scholarship from the University of Kansas. The schools that were rejected included the University of Virginia, Iowa State University and the University of Oregon.
The young Shooting Guard, now a sophomore, used his freshman year with the Jayhawks to acclimate himself to life in the United States and to basketball, American style.
He got lots of playing time in the squad’s first seven games, averaging twenty plus minutes of floor time. As the season progressed, however, Mykhailiuk spent much less time on the hardwood and a lot of time sitting on the bench.
Clearly, his progress was slow, but steady in the 2014-2015 Season. But that was last year. As the new 2015-2016 Season draws ever closer, the Ukrainian-American Shooting Guard appears primed to “lift his game to another level.”
Now that he is much more comfortable with his surroundings and the way basketball is played at the college level, this former professional should be able to show lots of improvement and become a major contributor to any success the Kansas Jayhawks have this year.
It actually is important for this young performer to showcase his skills this year. He aspires to a career in the National Basketball Association (NBA), but needs to show scouts that he has the ability to play at the highest level.
As is almost always the case with European players, Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk has a deadly outside shot. Solid performances from the perimeter will get him noticed and can easily lead to what he wants, a career in the National Basketball Association
It has happened for so many other European players and it can happen for this developing Shooting Guard, as well.
Courtesy of CBS Sports