The 2014-2015 basketball season had started off as a promising one for 6-foot-8 Kansas sophomore Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk, but by the end of the season, however, the Ukrainian player had seemed to have lost his spark.
Still, Mykhailiuk, who was on the brink of the Jayhawks’ perimeter rotation, according to NBC Sports, is eager to pull himself out his rut and he’s working hard, both in the weight room and on the court, to make sure he’ll be more successful player in the 2015-16 season.
His dedicated efforts to improving seem to be working.
According to Rustin Dodd of the Kansas City Star, Mykhailiuk has gained 17 pounds. But beyond just trying to improve his basketball game, Mykhailiuk is also looking to assimilate more fully to campus life.
It’s hard to say how the improvements to the young player’s game will affect his placement in the rotation this season, as many of the starting players that led the team last year, like Frank Mason III and Wayne Selden, will return to their starting roles. However, with openings in the rotation from the departure of NBA draft pick Kelly Oubre Jr. there might just be a spot for Mykhailiuk, although, he’s got some tough competition.
Other players, like freshman LaGerald Vick, Devonte’ Graham and Brannen Greene, will be availiable and will perhaps motivate Mykhailiuk to work even harder.
Fortunately for Mykhailiuk, his hard work on and off the court is not going unnoticed and the potential for more play time is high. Earning himself more minutes of play in the game would not just prove to be a benefit for the Ukrainian, but also, the whole Jayhawks team who are determined to last longer in the NCAA tournament in the upcoming season and to maintain their standing atop the Big 12.
Hard work usually pays off. Let’s see if that holds true for Mykhailiuk, too.
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