KU notebook: Svi to announce future plans Wednesday; Lucas, Mason work out for teams
By Gary Bedore firstname.lastname@example.org
Kansas’ Svi Mykhailiuk will announce his decision to remain in the NBA Draft or return to school for his senior season on Wednesday, KU coach Bill Self said Monday.
Mykhailiuk, a 6-foot-8 shooting guard from Cherkasy, Ukraine, declared for the draft on April 12 but did not sign with an agent. He attended the NBA Combine on May 9-14 in Chicago where he impressed in shooting drills but injured his ankle, which forced him to miss the second and final combine game.
The deadline the NCAA gives to student-athletes to withdraw from the draft and be eligible to play college basketball is Wednesday. Already this week, West Virginia’s Jevon Carter, Texas’ Andrew Jones, Arizona’s Rawle Alkins and Seton Hall’s Angel Delgado have withdrawn from what is considered a deep draft.
ESPN’s Jeff Goodman recently polled a group of NBA scouts who said Mykhailiuk, generally considered a possible second-round pick, would be best advised to return to school for his senior year.
“He’s not on our radar right now,” one NBA official told The Star on Monday. NBA officials cannot comment on college prospects publicly in accordance with league rules.
“It’s similar to Selden’s situation last year,” he added of Wayne Selden, who left KU after his junior season, was not drafted, played in the NBA Development League and by season’s end was a starter in the playoffs with the Memphis Grizzlies.
“He could do what Selden did or go back (to KU) and be one of the best players in the Big 12,” the NBA official added.
The same official conceded that an undrafted Mykhailiuk still could make a lot of money next season, either in the NBA if he makes a team, or overseas.
“He’s got good size and can really shoot it. Every team in Europe wants those guys and will give them good money,” the NBA official said, noting the players would be well-scouted in Europe.
“The NBA is everywhere, global. We’ve got technology and bodies over there watching guys. We won’t miss anybody,” he stated.
Another NBA official said Mykhailiuk, who turns 20 on June 10, “is young with a lot of upside. He’ll get older and stronger and show what he can do in the D-League. He can shoot the basketball. The question is can he defend multiple positions?
“Is he a poor man’s Kyle Korver, J.J. Redick? That’s the way the game is going. Everybody is looking for a stretch shooter and he can do that.”
Mykhailiuk at the NBA Combine told The Star: “If I know I’m going to get picked, I’m probably going to stay (in draft).”
KU coach Bill Self recently said: “If he feels there’s a good chance he’ll play in the NBA next year in some capacity I think he’d probably stay in the draft. If he gets feedback there’s not, I think he could pull his name out and come back to school.”
If Mykhailiuk does elect to keep his name in the draft, the Jayhawks would have one scholarship left to give in the recruiting Class of 2017. It’s possible KU would hold the scholarship for the following season.
Lucas, Mason working out for teams
Former KU power forward Landen Lucas, who has worked out for Milwaukee Bucks and Sacramento Kings, will work out for the Utah Jazz on Tuesday, according to basketballinsiders.com.
Lucas is a lock to sign with an NBA summer league team if he doesn’t get drafted, an NBA official told The Star.
“He has size, plays hard, rebounds. I could see him being 15th guy on some team definitely,” the NBA official said. “He comes from Kansas, a winning program, comes to practice early, stays late. I could see it.”
Former KU guard Frank Mason was slated to work out for Milwaukee on Monday. He has also worked out for the Orlando Magic.
Achiuwa on KU radar
KU recruiting target Precious Achiuwa, a 6-7 junior-to-be small forward from St. Benedict’s High School in Newark, N.J., fared well at last weekend’s Hoop Group Southern Jam Fest in Hampton, Va., according to Rivals.com.
“Achiuwa used unbelievable isolation moves in getting around his defender at the basket. He also knocked down two perimeter jumpers, rebounded the ball in traffic and hit open teammates near the basket for the easy score,” Rivals.com’s Corey Evans wrote of the No. 18-rated player in the recruiting Class of 2019.
Achiuwa, the younger brother of St. John’s player God’s Gift Achiuwa, currently is considering KU, St. John’s, UMass, Ohio State and others.
KU target David McCormack, a 6-10, 290-pound senior-to-be from Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Va., who is ranked No. 60 in the recruiting Class of 2018 by Rivals.com, “was nearly unguardable in the post,” at the Southern Jam, according to Evans.
“He showed off deft touch over his left shoulder on the sweeping hook shot, threw down impressive dunks in traffic and looks to be in the best shape of his basketball life as he ran the floor and produced whenever the game sped up,” Evans wrote of McCormack, who is considering KU, UCLA, California, Kentucky, Louisville, Virginia Tech, Virginia, Duke and others.
“Kansas and Duke sit in a good spot, along with a bevy of others,” Evans wrote.