SVIATOSLAV MYKHAILIUK 2018 NBA Draft Scouting Report
WEIGHT: 205 POUNDS
POSITION: SHOOTING GUARD/SMALL FORWARD
PROJECTED DRAFT POSITION: SECOND ROUND
When you read about a player coming out of the University of Kansas, Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk isn’t the type of name you’re expecting to see.
But the Ukranian born Mykhailiuk, often referred to simply as “Svi,” turned down offers from schools like the University of Virginia and the University of Oregon, and instead chose to join the Jayhawks after playing for the Ukranian national basketball team for years as a teenager.
After playing mostly a reserve role for his first two seasons in Lawrence, Mykhailiuk averaged over 27 minutes per game as a junior, and made that time on the court count. While his average of just under 10 points per game won’t blow anyone per game, the fact that he averaged over three three-point shots made per game, and that he was shooting them at over 45% this past season, will undoubtedly intrigue some NBA teams. Mykhailiuk wasn’t just a one-year wonder in that department, either; he shot over 41% from three as a sophomore as well.
As you’d expect from someone who’s essentially played professional basketball overseas, Mykhailiuk has a very strong feel for the game, almost always make the right plays at the right time, and knowing exactly where he needs to be on a given end of the floor.
He’s adept at moving around without the ball, and though he could be construed as more of a sharpshooter, he’s not afraid to make the extra pass to best set up a play.
His advanced offensive knowledge and skills, combined with his height (6’8″), makes him an intriguing fit as a shooting guard. He’s clearly capable of knocking down shots from long distance, and because of his height, he’s able to see the passing lane “through” the defenders presence, and either shoot or pass over the guy in front of him.
One of the big knocks from scouts who watched Mykhailiuk this season was that they felt he was being too passive at times. Despite playing almost 75% of a team’s minutes per game, his low scoring average is something of a red flag. He’s also not someone who’s going to slash to the basket and get to the rim, so that’s something of a hindrance there.
Though he’ll be seen as a spread-the-floor shooter, where Mykhailiuk’s real long-term challenge will be is essentially everything else: the lack of athleticism, developing a better game in the paint, being more willing to rebound, and becoming a better defender. Obviously, those are fundamental basketball skills.
The question will be whether he’ll be put into a situation where he can develop all of those in time, while relying on his outside shooting during his early days in the NBA. Some analysts have compared Mykhailiuk to a poor man’s Klay Thompson, because of his potential as a shooter and defender.
But, in order to really reach that type of potential, Mykhailiuk must learn to be more aggressive, and also continue packing on some size to handle the rigors that come with playing in the NBA. Look for him to be drafted in the 2nd round, anywhere from picks 35 to 45. He is someone to keep an eye on in the future.