Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Svi Mykhailiuk announces he will return for senior season

Kansas guard Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk (10) has a laugh with Kansas guard Devonte' Graham (4) during the first half against Iowa State, Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas guard Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk (10) has a laugh with Kansas guard Devonte' Graham (4) during the first half against Iowa State, Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017 at Allen Fieldhouse.


Svi Mykhailiuk’s days of draining 3-pointers at the University of Kansas aren’t over just yet. The junior from Ukraine announced Wednesday night his intentions to return to KU for his senior season, instead of keeping his name in the 2017 NBA Draft.

Mykhailiuk first made his choice official in a post on Instagram, ending weeks of speculation and bringing more clarity to head coach Bill Self’s roster for next season.

"Senior year gonna be fun," Mykhailiuk wrote.

Within the hour, Mykhailiuk also posted on Twitter: “Senior year. Here we gooo!”

A 6-foot-8 wing from Cherkasy, Ukraine, Mykhailiuk hadn’t signed with an agent prior to reaching a verdict on the matter, equipping him with the option to return to Kansas after testing the draft waters. The 20-year-old took nearly all the time allotted by the NBA before announcing his decision on the league’s stay-or-go deadline day, May 24 — mere hours before the 11:59 p.m. (EST) cutoff point.

Earlier this month, the Jayhawks’ young perimeter prospect only was able to play one day at the draft combine in Chicago, due to an ankle injury. Mykhailiuk spent the weeks that followed learning all he could about his stock in order to make a completely informed choice on his path for the 2017-18 season.

He took all of that time, in part, because Mykhailiuk had a workout with the New York Knicks Wednesday.

"I had a lot feedback and I decided to come back," Mykhailiuk stated in a KU press release. "I saw what I need to improve on next year and be a better player. I look forward to being with my teammates and (helping) my team win."

As of Wednesday — before Mykhailiuk’s announcement — didn’t project Mykhailiuk as a 2017 draft pick. The site ranked him the 69th-best prospect available in a 60-pick draft.

His Kansas coach said the senior-to-be utilized the pre-draft process perfectly.

"Unfortunately for him, he sprained his ankle at the combine and was not able to work out for teams as much as he wanted,” Self said. “We know he knows what he needs to do this upcoming season to get to the next level. We're excited and anxious for Svi to come back and help us play at a high level."

As a junior at Kansas, Mykhailiuk hit a career-best 70 3-pointers for the Jayhawks, connecting on .398 of his attempts. He averaged 9.8 points and 3.0 rebounds while shooting .443 from the floor overall, in 27.3 minutes a game (25 starts).

For his career, Mykhailiuk has played in 97 games at Kansas, with 31 starts and a 6.3 scoring average. His 122 made 3-pointers rank 20th on the KU career chart, and include a career-high six from downtown against Chaminade (Nov. 23, 2015) at the Maui Invitational, as a sophomore. Later that season, Mykhailiuk scored career-high 23 points against Austin Peay, in the 2016 NCAA Tournament’s opening round.

With Mykhailiuk back, Self has two key seniors to lead the Jayhawks in the 2017-18 campaign, as the Ukrainian wing will join fourth-year guard Devonte’ Graham. KU’s rotation also will include 6-foot-9 William & Mary graduate transfer Jack Whitman, junior Lagerald Vick, sophomores Udoka Azubuike, Malik Newman, Sam Cunliffe (eligible mid-season) and Mitch Lightfoot, as well as freshmen Billy Preston and Marcus Garrett.

Between those core players and incoming transfers Dedric and K.J. Lawson (Memphis) and Charlie Moore (Cal) — all of whom will sit out the 2017-18 season at KU, per NCAA rules — the Jayhawks have no more scholarships available.

None by Sviat Mykhailiuk


Thomas Michaud 4 years, 3 months ago

Great news to see Svi returning for his senior season. Will be a special senior night.

Also - good call Benton! I was pulling for your (lone) prediction.

Brian Skelly 4 years, 3 months ago

Great news. Good to see Svi for 3 again in Lawrence.

Priest Fontaine 4 years, 3 months ago

We need Svi! Now lose those sleeves! Pretty please!

Gerry Butler 4 years, 3 months ago

I couldn't' be any happier to be eating crow

Alan Dickey 4 years, 3 months ago

This is awesome. Svi will help a lot on the wing, but he also really helps our depth, as he can play 2, 3, & 4. It should free up Graham, Newman, and Vick to be available to play where they are most productive, instead of where they are needed because of holes in the lineup.

Barry Weiss 4 years, 3 months ago

wow, welcome back Svi! I did NOT call this one. Hand me the crow pie!

Barry Weiss 4 years, 3 months ago

Who can ever forget his euro drive to beat K-State!

Bryce Landon 4 years, 3 months ago

Good! He can work to improve his defense and ball-handling skills this coming season, all while we continue to hit the LJW with "SVIII" or "SVI FOR 3!!!" when he drains a three-pointer.

Mike Greer 4 years, 3 months ago

Fantastic!! Now this is what I came here hours ago to read! This time next year his prospects will look much better.

Mo Golany 4 years, 3 months ago

Graham Mailik Vick Svi Udoza

Cuncliffe Garrett Preston Whitman Mitch

Dee Shaw 4 years, 3 months ago

Sweet. Svi tested the waters and did what he thought was right for him. Glad he is coming back. Hopefully what he learned at the NBA draft camps can help him for his senior season and propell him next year to be a first round draft pick.

Brad Avery 4 years, 3 months ago

Good decision, Svi! Senior leadership on a young, talented team is invaluable. You'll be a pro someday, somewhere. It can wait.

Mike Kendall 4 years, 3 months ago

Glad to have Svi back for his Senior year. It just means he will up his NBA stock. Rock Chalk!

Jonathan Allison 4 years, 3 months ago

I had expected Svi would return to KU right up until the past few days. The closer the deadline got the more I started to suspect that he maybe had his heart set on going pro. Certainly there was a consensus building on this forum that he would not be returning. So glad to have him back! This kid will have a great Sr. year.

What a thrill that he and Devonte both will get to experience Sr. Night next March.

John Fitzgerald 4 years, 3 months ago

I honestly thought he'd stay in the draft but I'm glad he didn't. Now that he's back he has a clear picture on what he needs to do to improve his draft stock. That should give him extra motivation to have a killer senior year.

Kyle Neuer 4 years, 3 months ago

Is he going to stick around town this summer to work with his team mates or does he have national team obligations, again, in Ukraine? I can't help but think this may have been an issue in his development. I certainly understand his desire to go home for awhile, but it's getting to the home stretch and the extra time here can't hurt(unless he hurts himself).

Freddie Garza 4 years, 3 months ago

AWESOME!!! Was hoping that this would be his decision. Looks like we're stacked again.

Keith Gellar 4 years, 3 months ago

yaay..we will win the big 12 again and continue the streak!

the title....not so much.

Harlan Hobbs 4 years, 3 months ago

Don't eat all of the crow before I get my slice. Hope Svi has the kind of senior year that gives him the best chance for success at the next level.

Dee Shaw 4 years, 3 months ago

Starting 5 is done after Svi's decision.

  1. Devante Graham
  2. Svi
  3. Udoka Azubuike
  4. Billy Preston
  5. Malik Newman

Key Reserves.

  1. Legerald Vick
  2. Mitch Lightfoot
  3. San Cunliffe
  4. Jack Whitman
  5. Marcus Garrett

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