Friday, May 12, 2017

Self: Ankle injury not devastating for KU guard Svi Mykhailiuk

Kansas guard Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk (10) puts a three over UNLV guard Kris Clyburn (1) during the first half, Thursday, Dec. 22, 2016 at Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.

Kansas guard Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk (10) puts a three over UNLV guard Kris Clyburn (1) during the first half, Thursday, Dec. 22, 2016 at Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.


An ankle injury that plagued him during portions of Thursday’s on-court competition at the NBA combine in Chicago forced Kansas junior Svi Mykhailiuk to withdraw from the remainder of the week's combine workouts.

But KU coach Bill Self said Mykhailiuk’s absence during Friday’s drills and scrimmages should not hurt the guard’s stock too much.

“Even though he obviously would have wanted to continue, the last impression they have of him is how well he shot the ball on Thursday,” Self told the Journal-World on Friday evening. "He had a chance to work out for a couple of teams beforehand and shot the ball extremely well and he shot the ball so well the first day (of the combine).”

Mykhailiuk, the 19-year-old Ukrainian who remains committed to finding out as much information as possible before making a decision whether to stay in the draft or return to Kansas for his senior season, did not participate in any drills or scrimmages on Friday and was planning to return to Lawrence this weekend to re-evaluate his ankle and his future.

With his physical health at less than 100 percent and the combine quickly appearing in his rearview mirror, the focus now shifts entirely to Mykhailiuk’s stay-or-go decision.

Multiple sources told the Journal-World earlier this week that they believed Mykhailiuk was leaning toward staying in the draft, but he now must evaluate whether his brief showing at the combine, body of work during his three seasons at Kansas and recent interaction with NBA people during the past few weeks was enough for him to feel confident that he would get drafted.

One source said the main question surrounding Mykhailiuk entering the week was exactly that — whether some team would take him in the second round, not whether he could sneak into the first round.

His combine showing was a mixed bag of results. His measurements were neither wildly impressive nor disappointing, and his play on the floor, which featured a couple of bad misses early on during the 5-on-5 scrimmage along with a hot streak later in the game and even a defensive highlight when he blocked KU teammate Frank Mason III, left most scouts and NBA executives curious to see more.

Unfortunately for Mykhailiuk, the opportunity to show never presented itself because of Thursday's injury.

Self, who Friday night was in Sarasota, Fla., for the annual Dick Vitale gala and fundraiser to aid The V Foundation’s fight against cancer, said he did not talk to Mykhailiuk on Friday but was looking forward to finding out more in the next couple of days.

“I don’t know where that is,” Self said of Mykhailiuk’s decision-making process. “I know he’s waiting on feedback. He’s going to come back to Lawrence to rehab and we’ll see how bad it is and see if he’s able to move forward with workouts or not. But a decision has not been made on Svi yet.”

Reigning national player of the year Mason was able to compete during the second day of on-court competition at the combine in Chicago, and the sub-6-foot guard who enjoyed one of the best careers by a guard in KU history again showed some of the traits that have sent him moving up draft boards during recent weeks — toughness, maturity, competitive fire — in short, all of the things Kansas fans came to appreciate and enjoy during the past four seasons.

Self was not in Chicago for any of the combine, but assistant coach Kurtis Townsend did attend and he gave Self a quick recap of Mason’s two-day showing.

“Kurtis said he was OK,” Self said. “He said the court’s been crowded and it’s been hard to turn him loose to let him do what he needed to do. He hasn’t played bad, he’s just been OK. But he did great with his lifting and interviews and measurements and those kinds of things.”


Mo Golany 1 year ago

Ok Svi this is an easy decision come back play well and you will be a first rounder making so much more money next year. Go this year and have a tougher chance in the D-LEAGUE why would you do that? Wayne made it but it was towards the end of the season and let's face it Wayne is a great all around player with an NBA body. You still wear a t shirt. You need more work, come back win the title, make more money that's it!

Suzi Marshall 1 year ago

Absolutely agree Mo. Svi could certainly be a first rounder next year. He's a veteran of the KU system and can turn on the aggressiveness, like he was last summer in that Euro Tournament. If he can improve half as much as Mason or even Heild did from Jr to Sr year, he's a first round lock.

The NBA Draft is certainly more interesting when KU guys are involved! Next year, we might have a half dozen involved in this process.

Brett McCabe 1 year ago

Best of luck to Svi, anyway it goes.

The crowded court comment makes me think that the combine is a direct reflection of the NBA - a bunch of goofs who would have trouble putting out a candle with a spray hose. If this isn't the worst professional sports league in the world, I'd like to know what is.

Here's a thought.....instead of taking some of the best athletes in the world and have them stand around for 20-second intervals, why not develop a game that showcases these amazing athletes?

Suzi Marshall 1 year ago

Your kinsman, Andrew, has a solid shot at the FBI Directorship...or as a min being officially appointed interim director.

Trey Hohman 1 year ago

Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk was 6-7-plus, but only measured out to have a 6-5 wingspan. That gives him the same standing reach as UK point guard Fox, who came in over four inches shorter in terms of height. Svi also measured out at over 11% body fat which is considered "fat" by NBA standards for any guard. Frank Mason came in slightly under 4.5% for some context. His shuttle times were atrocious too, likely due to the ankle injury. Overall, it was an extremely disappointing combine for Mykhailiuk.

Suzi Marshall 1 year ago

Here are all the measurements:

Looks like Mason had a good combine. Draft Express comments he is looking as a first rounder or a steal in the second, although their mock draft shows him late second.

Dirk Medema 1 year ago

85 of 100 threes and the measurable were no surprise/disappointment at all. You could certainly spin a negative view if you want, but that certainly isn't what the article says:

"His measurements were neither wildly impressive nor disappointing, and his play on the floor, which featured a couple of bad misses early on during the 5-on-5 scrimmage along with a hot streak later in the game and even a defensive highlight when he blocked KU teammate Frank Mason III, left most scouts and NBA executives curious to see more."

"Extremely disappointing" wouldn't have anyone curious to see more.

Humpy Helsel 1 year ago

Speaking of injuries and rehab, what is the current status of Udoka Azubuike? Is he going full speed, yet? Is he going to be allowed to go full speed in Italy? Does anyone have any real news on his current status on his recovery?

Barry Weiss 1 year ago

I just don't see Svi coming back to KU. Once again, an interview with Coach Self, once again, no comment about how he would welcome him back, not even a hint. I just think it is Europe for Svi.

Robert Brock 1 year ago

The Hawks have thirteen scholarship players now WITHOUT Svi. Who gets canned if he returns?

Trey Hohman 1 year ago

For a guy that is almost 6'8 in shoes his hand were also tiny - for some more context Svi's hands were the exact same size as Frank Mason. I think he tied for the 3rd smallest hands in the entire combine. I'm just reading what NBA scout are saying on twitter so take it all with a grain of salt. I personally like Svi but NBA seems to really care about these measurables when they draft. It's all about recovering defensively when that player is out of position and obviously the longer that player is, the easier they can recover on their man...

I wonder if Pilates is ever considered within the KU strength dept? Someone like Svi who naturally looks like his posture is slumped at his shoulders could maybe benefit from it? If he did Pilates regularly he would probably add another inch in height and maybe even a couple inches on his wingspan just from straightening/lengthening himself out...?

Tracey Graham 1 year ago

I read that Svi had the slowest time in the 3/4 court drill. Maybe that was because of his ankle injury, but that sort of summed up his abbreviaed combine. Every NBA scout that was asked about him (on the record) said he should go back to school. . But if Svi really doesn't want to come back to KU then I think he should go play overseas. I don't see him listed on any of the mock drafts. Does he really want to spend the season in the D-League? Yeah, Wayne Selden turned that into a NBA job that lasted beyond a 10-day contract, but that's very rare. Svi could probably sign with a high level European team, and if he performs well for a couple of years, NBA teams will be eager to sign him.

Frank, on the other hand, must have been better than "ok", because every article I've seen that talks about who stood out at the combine mentions him. From the little I saw of the scrimmage on ESPN2 yesterday, he shot the ball well and was aggressive getting to the rim, where he finished just as well as he did when he was playing for KU. The one issue they said he had was finding passing lanes against the bigger defenders. But that's something he can learn, using angles, etc. He is moving up the mock drafts, although he's still in the 2nd round. And, unlike Svi, I think Frank would stick with an NBA team instead of getting sent to the D-League. I saw that he has workouts scheduled this coming week with Milwaukee and Boston, and I'd bet he has several more lined up. ETA - The ESPN guys also seemed to think that Frank would have trouble finishing at the rim on the NBA level, because of his size. But that's not necessarily true...guys like Kyle Lowry and Isaiah Thomas have little problem finishing at the im, and Mason is basically the same size as they are. And I've seen much bigge players who can't finish well at the rim, so to me, the ESPN guys were just giving into a stereotype based on Frank being 5'11".

What was up with the NBA exec asking Frank (and a couple of other players that I saw) how he wanted to die? That's creepy. Did he want the players to say they wanted to die while playing basketball, a la Pete Maravich or Hank Gaithers? Me, I want to die peacefully in my sleep -- why would anyone want a painful death, even if they are playing a game they love?

Harlan Hobbs 1 year ago

While I want nothing but the best for Svi, he is between a rock and a hard place. I think that his chances of being drafted this year are pretty slim. Everyone knows that he is a good, but somewhat streaky, shooter. His deficiencies are in the other aspects of the game that are so important to KU's success next year, namely rebounding and defense.

If he comes back, I don't see him garnering the kinds of minutes that could enable him to be drafted next year, let along be a first rounder.

All that being said, I hope that he makes the best decision for himself and that all turns out as well as possible for him. He is a remarkable young man and will be successful in the long run, even if it isn't in basketball.

Robert Brock 1 year ago

  1. Azubuike
  2. Coleby
  3. Whitman
  4. Preston
  5. Lightfoot
  6. Vick
  7. Cunliffe
  8. Newman
  9. Garrett
  10. Graham
  11. Lawson
  12. Other Lawson
  13. Moore

Svi appears to be...GONE! There is not a scholarship for him. Bye-bye, Svi.

Lance Hobson 1 year ago

I don't get it. He's not going to get drafted, and he wouldn't want to be a second round pick anyway. Why stay in something that you're really not even in? Unless he's set on Europe he should return and enjoy being a hero for another year.

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