Campus Corner

August 4, 2014

Incoming freshman Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk may have work to do at KU

Defenses were keying on Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk, one of the best prospects in the U-18 Division B European Championship over the weekend. But for a player described as an elite shooter by Kansas coach Bill Self, the outside shooting numbers are slightly concerning.

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You may have seen where incoming Kansas freshman Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk was selected the tournament most valuable player at the U-18 Division B European Championship over the weekend.

Mykhailiuk’s Ukraine team actually fell to Germany 60-46 in the championship game, and the future Jayhawk was limited to just eight points and three rebounds.

But Mykhailiuk, a 6-foot-8 wing, did enough to help Ukraine to the final, which qualified the country for Division A of European youth competition. So what do we make of Mykhailiuk’s performance in the international event? It’s hard to know. First off, the competition in Division B — the lesser lights of European basketball — is questionable. And we’re working off a nine-game sample size.

Mykhailiuk averaged 16 points and 4.7 rebounds while playing 26 minutes per contest. But he shot just 41.8 percent from the floor and 26 percent from three-point range (13 for 50). Defenses were keying on Mykhailiuk, one of the best prospects in the tournament. But for a player described as an elite shooter by Kansas coach Bill Self, the outside shooting numbers are slightly concerning.

Mykhailiuk, of course, is still just 17. But his performance over the last few weeks may suggest he has a ways to go to become an immediate contributor as a freshman.

For now, Mykhailiuk is scheduled to work out with the Ukrainian senior national team for the rest of the August. He’s set to arrive in Kansas in late August or early September.

Oubre and Ellis at adidas camp

Junior forward Perry Ellis and freshman wing Kelly Oubre Jr. worked out at the annual Adidas Nations camp in Los Angeles over the weekend.

Oubre faced off against Arizona freshman Stanley Johnson in a scrimmage on Sunday, finishing with 20 points and three rebounds.

Recruiting nuggets

Five-star guard Allonzo Trier, who was considering Kansas, committed to Arizona over the weekend. Trier, the 12th-ranked senior prospect in the country according to Rivals.com, was in Kansas City in late July to play in the Sunflower Showcase grassroots tournament.

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

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