KU signee Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk shows off hops at Ukrainian practice

07/15/2014 3:46 PM

07/15/2014 3:46 PM

For now, Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk is preparing for a late summer arrival to Kansas. It could be late August, KU coach Bill Self has said, or even into early September.

Mykhailiuk, the 6-foot-7 guard from the Ukraine, signed with Kansas on May 21, the final piece of another vaunted freshman class. But some national-team obligations in his home country have kept him in Ukraine throughout the summer.

Mykhailiuk, who turned 17 in June, is set to play for Ukraine in the FIBA U-18 Division B European Championships, which are begin July 24 in Sofia, Bulgaria. Ukraine will open against Portugal.

Mykhailiul, though, appears poised to arrive on campus in decent shape. Here he is throwing down a windmill dunk after a practice, which he then posted to his Instagram page on Tuesday.

The tournament, which will conclude Aug. 3, was originally set to be played in the Ukraine before the country slipped into some ongoing political unrest.

Mykhailiuk, according to Self, will then likely participate in practices with the Ukrainian senior national team in August in the buildup to the 2014 FIBA World Cup, which begins Aug. 30 in Spain.

To reach Rustin Dodd, call 816-234-4937 or send email to rdodd@kcstar.com. Follow him on Twitter at @rustindodd

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