Svi Mykhailiuk announces he will return for senior season

The Kansas basketball guard has elected to withdraw his name from the NBA Draft pool and return to KU for a senior season, he announced in a Wednesday night social media post.

Mykhailiuk, a 6-foot-8 senior-to-be from Ukraine, declared for the draft on April 12 but did not sign with an agent. Despite being a junior, he will only turn 20 years old in June, meaning he'll have four years of college experience - along with global play for Ukraine - on his resume, but be the same age as a sophomore.

Wednesday was the deadline for potential NBA Draft prospects to remove themselves from the pool, assuming they did not hire an agent throughout the process. He averaged 9.8 points and 3.0 rebounds while shooting.443 from the floor overall, in 27.3 minutes a game (25 starts).

Mykhailiuk's 122 3-pointers made rank 20th on the KU career chart, including a career-high six treys against Chaminade (11/23/15) during his freshman season at the Maui Invitational.

In his three seasons at Kansas, Mykhailiuk has played in 97 games and has averaged 6.3 points. His career-best performance came in the 2016 NCAA tourney, where he scored 23 points on 9-for-11 shooting in a first-round victory against Austin Peay.

In Mykailiuk's three seasons at KU, the Jayhawks have won three Big 12 regular-season titles, one league postseason championship and three in-season tournaments.

Mykhailiuk's decision to stay at KU means the Jayhawks have no scholarships left to award to members of the recruiting Class of 2017.

  • Larry Hoffman


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