As expected, Svi Mykhailiuk arrived on campus on Monday. Bill Self confirmed that Mykhailiuk flew from Ukraine to France and then to the United States in a 19.5 hour trip.
Self said that Mykhailiuk is ready to get going.
“I asked him, ‘Are you wanting to work out tomorrow?’ He said, ‘Heck, yeah, I’m going to work out,’” Self told the Lawrence Journal-World on Monday night. “He’s worn out, but he’s also excited to get started.”
Mykhailiuk will attend his first day of classes on Tuesday. He’s got a busy week ahead of him.
“He’ll be getting organized, signing up all his paperwork and hopefully be in class sometime tomorrow (today),” Self told the Lawrence Journal-World. “I mean, we’re only going two hours a week (of workouts in accordance with NCAA rules) and playing pick-up. He’ll start doing everything our other guys have been doing by tomorrow afternoon.”
Self told the Lawrence Journal-World that he’s impressed with Mykhailiuk after spending the summer with the Ukranian Under-18 team, as well as the FIBA World Cup team which kept him from attending the first week of classes.
“Physically, nothing’s changed to me,” Self told the LJ-World. “He’s a long, lean kid. I don’t know what he weighs. I asked him if he lost some weight over the summer. He said, ‘No.’ If anything, he may have gained a couple pounds. He’s been lifting and doing whatever he can with the national team.”
Self told the LJ-World that Svi will need to work hard to get caught up.
“He had opportunities to stay over there (and play professionally),” Self said. “I’m sure there were numerous opportunities after this summer. He committed to us. He certainly held true to his commitment. He’s with us. His job is to work hard. It’s our job to put him in position where he can be the best player he can be. I’m excited. I know he’s excited, and certainly we’re all ready to get going. Even though we still have a little bit of time, it’s different. We only have 31⁄2 weeks before our first practice (Oct. 3, with Late Night Oct. 10). Certainly it’s good to have our full complement of players here.”
Bill Self also confirmed that Boot Camp starts on Monday.