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Svi Mykhailiuk Talks Upcoming Season; Ukraine National Team

Svi Mykhailiuk Talks Photo | Orlin Wagner | Associated Press

Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk, the 6-foot-8 senior shooting guard from Kansas spoke with D1VISION contributor Neal Schnoor on Friday about preparing for the upcoming season, playing for the Ukraine National Team, and sophomore Udoka Azubuike‘s impact on the team.

“I just did some things working on my conditioning,” said Mykhailiuk on preparing for the upcoming season. “Because basketball has a lot of running, you have to be prepared mentally and physically.”

Last season, Kansas big man, Udoka Azubuike suffered a left wrist injury in December that kept him out for the remainder of the season. Mykhailiuk spoke about the impact Azubuike’s loss had on the team.

“We just lost the really great big man, but we just stayed focused on our goals,” he said. “He was definitely coming into his own. He would’ve really helped us, but it is what it is. We just gotta turn our focus where we’re at right now.”

Originally from Cherkasy, Ukraine, Mykhailiuk played with the Ukraine U-20 team this summer. He spoke about how that experience helped his game, as he said, “That experience should help me a lot with leadership. I became more vocal. I’ve become a better basketball player and I think it should just help me overall.”

D1VISION also spoke with Kansas players Dedric Lawson and Lagerald Vick on Friday. Earlier this year, Mykhailiuk entered the NBA Draft before withdrawing his name and announcing his return to Kansas in May.

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