Ankle injury forces Mykhailiuk to withdraw from rest of NBA combine


Kansas guard Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk (10) gets up for a bucket over UNLV guard Kris Clyburn (1) during the second half, Thursday, Dec. 22, 2016 at Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. At right is UNLV forward Tyrell Green (3).

Kansas guard Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk (10) gets up for a bucket over UNLV guard Kris Clyburn (1) during the second half, Thursday, Dec. 22, 2016 at Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. At right is UNLV forward Tyrell Green (3). by Nick Krug

One day after warming up and improving as the competition went on, Kansas junior Svi Mykhailiuk has withdrawn from the rest of the NBA combine because of an ankle injury he suffered Thursday.

Mykhailiuk, the 6-7 wing who is one of 14 players at the 67-man combine who has not yet hired an agent, thus leaving open the possibility of a return to KU for his senior season, delivered a mixed bag of results during Thursday’s action in Chicago.

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, that will not happen. Jonathan Givony, who runs, Tweeted around 10:30 Friday morning that Mykhailiuk had withdrawn from the rest of the combine because of the injury.

So now the entire focus shifts to his stay-or-go decision.

Mykhailiuk, whom multiple sources told the Journal-World earlier this week was leaning toward staying in the draft, now has to evaluate whether his brief showing, body of work at Kansas and interaction with NBA people during the past couple of 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.

Earlier this week, anonymously polled multiple NBA executives about what they thought each of the 14 players at the combine who had not yet hired an agent should do after the combine is over and their advice to Mykhailiuk was for him to return to Kansas.

Whether he takes that path or not should be known in the next week or so. But don't expect a grand announcement either way. The soon-to-be-20-year-old Ukrainian, like his best buddy on the team Devonte' Graham, is not a flashy, attention-seeking kind of guy. His announcement, whatever he decides, figures to be short and sweet and not a media spectacle.

Mykhailiuk, who likely will stay in Chicago to continue conversations and interviews with team executives through the weekend, still will have until May 24 to make a final decision about his future. And although many of the pros and cons he will be weighing remain the same, the ankle injury likely makes the whole process a little more difficult.


Pius Waldman 11 months, 2 weeks ago

It sounds like Svi wants to leave but should he do so. Will another season help his chances. Looks like his best shot would be a 2nd rounder. I'm assuming he also would have a chance to play elsewhere. One might think a KU degree for someone that more than likely returns to Europe may not be a highly important achievement. His final decision should come shortly. If he returns looks like adjustments for scholarships will be necessary.

Barry Weiss 11 months, 2 weeks ago

sorry to hear this. I think its off to Europe for Svi, play on some pro team over there. I think he will get more development there than at Kansas where is minutes and opportunities next year may be less.

Marcus Balzer 11 months, 2 weeks ago

My gut feeling says Svi is gone whether he gets a second round grade or not.

Suzi Marshall 11 months, 2 weeks ago

I'm not so sure. This bit of bad luck with the ankle will restrict his ability to get another look. Mykailiuk is s first round NBA player. If he returns, he'll be more aggressive looking for his shot, driving the ball, rebounding and playing D...all of which will land him in the first round of the '18 draft.

Barry Weiss 11 months, 2 weeks ago

No way Svi is a first round pick. His defense and ball handling are not at that level. His shooting is very streaking. I think he maxed out at Kansas and really don't see him even being a starter next year with what we have. If you are correct, where is Coach Self commenting about him coming back? I think he can develop over in Europe, but probably not here. He could not be a consistent starter here last year and I think next year will be just as tough on him.

Tony Bandle 11 months, 2 weeks ago

I tend to agree with the previous posts. I think HCBS's 14 scholarship problem is about to be resolved.

However, there may be another source of scholarship eligibility and it is an unfortunate one. The rape case in the basketball dorm seems to be picking up steam. If there is indeed a player charged with this act, I would assume that removal from the team might be in order during the resolution of the case and certainly dismissal from school if someone is proved guilty which, of course, would be the least of that person's worries at that point.

I can only hope that this situation is resolved justly for all parties concerned. but I have a strong feeling that there is still another shoe or two to be dropped!

Barry Weiss 11 months, 2 weeks ago

wow, I sure hope its not one of the current players. Really, its a terrible thing no matter who.

Benny Armstrong 11 months, 2 weeks ago

Until there are formal charges stemming from this investigation and we know the identity of the accused, the investigation will continue to be an issue and serve as potential clickbait for the likes of the Star.

While you might be right that this could address our scholarship issues, I am hopeful that the person responsible is one of the other students living in the dorm and not a player. Not because that downplays the horrible nature of the incident or helps our team, but because I'd like to think that Self wouldn't knowingly keep someone on the team, let alone play them, if that person was under suspicion of rape. Everything he has said previously about this incident indicated that the players identified as witnesses were just that, and they could have seen or heard something at any point during the night that might prove valuable to the investigation, not just witnessing the actual rape. Further, I can't imagine that Self isn't updated on matters that involve his players to know with certainty whether one of them was under investigation for the crime.

I want to believe I'm not viewing this situation with cloudy crimson and blue glasses, and I'd like to have confidence in Self that he is running the program the right way and the players he's bringing here are good people. Hopefully we get a resolution to this in the near future and we can stop worrying about that other shoe dropping.

John Fitzgerald 11 months, 2 weeks ago

I agree with you Benny. If a player was involved in a rape case Self would know about it whether it's been made public or not. And I have full faith and confidence that the "player" who was/is under investigation would not be with the team.

Ashwin Rao 11 months, 2 weeks ago

Without more information, we shouldn't be starting off theories, especially with rape cases. Let the outcome of the investigation be reveled.

Creg Bohrer 11 months, 2 weeks ago

My best guess on that situation would be Bragg since they charged him with possession they had to have a reason to search his room. So if that's the case it still doesn't free a scholarship.

Suzi Marshall 11 months, 2 weeks ago

Tony, don't you have Lawrence contacts? It's fairly well known who is under suspicion for the rape case.

Shannon Gustafson 11 months, 2 weeks ago

What we learned about Svi's measurables at the combine:

He's got short arms (reach 2" less than height). He's got small hands (same size and Frank's). He's SLOW (slowest in the combine at 3/4 court sprint). He's got poor lateral quickness (did poorly in the shuttle drill).

Trey Hohman 11 months, 2 weeks ago

Frank Mason was impressive at combine. 41 inch vertical. Rest of measurables compared out the Kemba Walker. Day two of scrimmages the game opened up somewhat and Frank got an easy 19. Coasting half of the game - 7/10 with four layups in transition. He just needs to keep showing scouts how he can get easy buckets and I wouldn't be shocked if he got picked at # 39 to the Sixers - 80% of the league need a backup point guard that can shoot 3's -- hopefully too many teams are gonna be scared not to get him at that point, like Josh Hart.

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