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Why did you decide to play college basketball?

Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk: I like U.S. basketball and I want to try myself in the NCAA. It was my dream to play in the NCAA and I think it's a good opportunity to show what I can do and go to the NBA. My parents told me that it was my choice and my life. They gave me some advice, but in the end I just made my choice.

Why Kansas?

SM: One of the biggest schools, one of the greatest coaches. I think they will help me develop and reach my goals more than other colleges. Virginia and Oregon and some other colleges were interested in me, but it came down to Kansas or Virginia.

Who is your favorite Kansas player ever?

SM: Paul Pierce.

So one of the main factors in your decision was Kansas' ability to develop players into NBA material.

SM: For the last years, a lot of good NBA players have gone from Kansas to the NBA. Andrew Wiggins and Joel Embiid this year, but in the past also Paul Pierce, Mario Chalmers or Kirk Hinrich. I'm really expecting Kansas to help me reach my goals.

Do you look at it as a long-term commitment?

SM: We will see.

Getty ImagesI guess you had offers from European teams too? Was it hard to turn down that money?

SM: It wasn't hard. I'm young and I just went with my heart in making the decision.

How is it to play for Ukraine at the World Cup being so much younger than the rest of the guys?

SM: It's hard because I'm young and physically it's very hard. But in some ways, it's also easier because the veteran guys know what they need to do on the court and are in the right spots.

You didn't look scared at all Monday playing against Finland.

SM: I was calm, but at the same time with my first shots I was so scared... I may not look scared, but my first shot was like, "Oh, damn."

What are your expectations for yourself in your freshman year? 

SM: I think I will try to help my team and earn my time on the court and develop myself.