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Former KU Jayhawk Mykhailiuk faring well for Ukraine

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Kansas' Svi Mykhailiuk dunked against the Clemson Tigers in the first half of the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 in Omaha, Nebraska.

Kansas’ Svi Mykhailiuk dunked against the Clemson Tigers in the first half of the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 in Omaha, Nebraska.

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Former University of Kansas men’s basketball shooting guard Suvi Mihailyuk, who was recently released by the NBA’s Toronto Raptors, seems to be enjoying the free agency offer. EuroBasket 2022 Championship of the month in Milan, Italy.

25-year-old Mikhailuk is making big numbers for the Ukrainian national team in tournaments.

Mikhailuk, 6-foot-8, from Cherkasy, Ukraine, had four rebounds and three assists on 9-of-18 shooting in Ukraine’s 84-73 victory over Italy on Monday. Scored a game-high 25 points. Ukraine improved his 3-0 record in the tournament to secure a spot in the quarterfinals of the event.

After qualifying for the single-elimination round, Ukraine suffered its first loss in Group C on Tuesday, losing to Greece 99-79 decision. Milwaukee Bucks NBA star Giannis Antetokounmpo had 41 points and nine rebounds in the win. Mihalyuk scored 16 points on 6-of-17 shots. He was 3 to 1/5 with 4 rebounds, 0 assists and 2 turnovers.

Mihailyuk is averaging 19.0 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.5 assists in four games. He made his 45% of his shots, including 40.7% from his 3s (11 of 27). He has 10 assists, 6 turnovers and 9 steals. The tournament runs through his Sept. 18, with his NBA camp starting the following week.

The improved number of 3-point shots came at a good time for Mihailyuk. He appeared in 56 games for the Toronto Raptors and posted a career-low 30.6% in three games last season. Overall, he averaged 4.6 points a game in limited duties.

A second-round pick by the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2018 NBA Draft and having played for four teams (Lakers, Detroit Pistons, OKC Thunder and Toronto) in his first four years in the league, Mihajjuk will continue to receive compensation this season. It will be. If he doesn’t sign with an NBA team. He exercised his $1.9 million player option with the Raptors in June.

Frank Mason III scored 12 points for USA

Former Kansas guard Frank Mason III scored 12 points on a 5-6 shot in Team USA’s 101-49 win over Venezuela at the FIBA ​​AmeriCup in Brazil on Tuesday. , recording four assists for three turnovers.

The 28-year-old Mason, an NBA free agent, went 3 to 2-2.

Tuesday’s contest was the restart of a game that originally started on Sunday, but was postponed due to a leak in the arena roof.

Team USA won Group C 2-1, as did Venezuela and Mexico. Based on the tie-break, the United States finished at the top of the group, followed by Mexico and Venezuela. The tournament continues with the quarterfinals on Thursday.

Josh Jackson signs with Toronto

Former KU Guard Josh Jackson Signed a one-year deal with the Toronto Raptors, the team reported last week.Worth $2.13 million, according to non-guaranteed contract Go to HoopsHype.com.

The 6-8, 205-pound, 25-year-old Jackson averaged 6.4 points, 2.8 rebounds and 16.3 minutes in 51 games (3 starts) in Detroit and Sacramento last season. He hit his 40% of his shots, including his 25.4% of threes (33 of 130). Double-digit score 13 times. He scored a season-high 24 points in the game in Milwaukee. He was 3 to 5/7 in that game.

Jackson was selected 4th overall by Phoenix in the 2017 NBA Draft. He appeared in his 291 games (92 starts) in Phoenix, Memphis, Detroit and Sacramento, averaging 11.3 points, 4.0 rebounds and 23.1 minutes.

“Jackson still has the bounce that made him a top recruit and a high draft selection.” Mike Luciano of raptorsrapture.com writes:“He’s not the best defender in the world, but he’s a lot better than when he was a rookie. Given a long enough leash, he shows that he can rack up points with a respectable clip.” .

“The Raptors have experienced and unguaranteed players floating around their roster, but the addition of Jackson could ruin some of their plans. He may not be a shooter, but he’s got multiple double-digit scoring seasons under his belt to match his hop,” Luciano added.

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Gary Bedore covers all aspects of Kansas basketball in The Star. He attended his KU and was born and raised in Chicago and Lyle, Illinois.

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