The next wave of international talent
July, 24, 2014
By Fran Fraschilla | ESPN Insider
Rodolfo Molina/EB via Getty ImagesDomantas Sabonis, son of Arvydas, has his sights set on NCAA hoops this season.Emmanuel Mudiay, ESPN’s No. 5 recruit in the Class of 2014, was born in the Congo, raised in Dallas and will play next season in China. While he’s not an “international” player -- based on the fact that he built his reputation in the United States -- his travels underscore the point that talent can develop pretty much anywhere. There were 13 international players selected in the most recent NBA draft, and a plethora of young international players will be playing college basketball this season.
With the basketball globe continuing to grow smaller, here are nine players from around the world you need to know about now and in the future.
Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk, Ukraine | 2014-15 team: Kansas Jayhawks
Mykhailiuk appeared on the scene as a late replacement for the Hoop Summit World Team in April, and although he played limited minutes in the game against Team USA, his performances in the practice sessions were impressive enough to alert a number of top programs, including the Jayhawks.