‘Way more than a shooter’: Svi Mykhailiuk out to prove his NBA worth

photo by: Nick Krug

Kansas guard Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk (10) picks off a pass to Oklahoma State guard Tavarius Shine (5) during the first half, Thursday, March 8, 2018 at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo.

If NBA prospects carried business cards with them to pre-draft workouts, Svi Mykhailiuk’s would include the phrase “not just a shooter” somewhere adjacent to his unique name.

That’s the message the … well, how should we put this … 3-point shooter from Kansas is pushing as he meets with organizations.

Since Mykhailiuk began touring the country to meet with various NBA coaches and front office members, he hasn’t abandoned the skill that makes him a draft-able prospect. The 6-foot-7.75 Ukrainian guard just doesn’t want any potential employer thinking his long-range accuracy is all he has to offer.

Asked earlier this week following a workout in El Segundo, Calif., what he wanted to show the Los Angeles Lakers, Mykhailiuk turned to his go-to pitch.

“That I can do more than shoot, because everybody knows I’m a shooter,” said Mykhailiuk, who connected on 44.4% of his 3-pointers, making 2.9 a game as a KU senior this past season. “I think I can do way more than shoot and I think I showed it today.”

The 20-year-old Ukrainian prospect said he envisions himself as a combo guard once he gets to the NBA.

“I think I can handle the ball. Nobody really knew I can handle the ball,” Mykhailiuk identified as one attribute that might surprise evaluators. “Sometimes I used to play point guard (for Ukraine’s national program), so I think I have ball-handling skills.”