Able to stray away from his fairly confined role as a spot up shooter at Kansas, Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk
played arguably his best all around game of the Eurocamp against the USA Select Team, posting a triple double 12 points, 11 rebounds, 11 assists in 37 minutes. The 19-year-old Ukranian guard made 4-of-11 threes both off the catch and the dribble, but it was his court vision and playmaking ability as a primary ball handler that stood out the most.
Mykhailiuk proved comfortable operating out of ball screens as he regularly whipped passes to the roll man and the weak side shooter. At 6' 6 Mykhailiuk is able to see over the top of the defense, and while he's a capable yet not overly polished ball handler, he's quick enough to turn the corner and find teammates while on the move. The Cherkasy native was also able to turn several of his 11 rebounds into transition buckets, pushing the ball fluidly up the floor and creating scoring opportunities with no-look and behind the back passes.
Defensively, Mykhailiuk continued to showcase his improvement as he contained penetration regularly both against isolation and in closeout situations. He has quick feet and an improved frame, both of which helped him all camp long.
Mykhailiuk's versatile performance didn't come without any miscues, however. He has a tendency to go for the homerun play at times and can have brief lapses in his decision making, evident by the six turnovers he committed. He also struggled to finish at the rim (0-for-6 from inside the arc), with two of those misses coming off of blown dunks. While he's a very good leaper in space, Mykhailiuk can improve his ability to take contact in the paint. He also had some struggles creating high percentage offense in isolation situations, and proved to be a bit streaky as a shooter for the majority of the camp.
With all of that said, it was a refreshing to see Mykhailiuk able to show some of the playmaking skills that excited scouts during the 2014 Nike Hoop Summit practices when he was just 16 years old. It remains to be seen whether or not Mykhailiuk will be able to showcase some of those skills in his junior season at Kansas with Frank Mason
and Devonte Graham
both returning and highly-touted freshman wing Josh Jackson
coming in, but the Ukranian guard proved that he can bring more to the floor than standing in the corner and shooting up jumpers.