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Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk, a 16-year old from Ukraine, a key recruit for next season

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There are still a handful of recruits on’s top 150 list that have yet to commit to a college, and there are still a number of transfers that could be eligible immediately to play next season, but perhaps the most highly-regarded Class of 2014 recruit in the country is a kid whose name you can’t pronounce.

Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk.

Mykhailiuk is a 6-foot-6 combo-guard from Ukraine that Fran Fraschilla calls “one of the 10 best prospects in the Class of 2015”. But here’s the thing: Mykhailiuk, despite being just 16 years old, is eligible to play in college in America next season so long as he is able to get a qualifying test score. According to Bleacher Report’s Jason King, in Ukraine, students graduate high school in 11th grade. Mykhailiuk is the son of a professor and speaks good english. There’s a very real chance that he will end up on a campus this season.

He’s supposed to be visiting Kansas this weekend, according to a report from The Shiver, and will follow that up with a trip to Virginia. Those two schools are considered leaders for Mykhailiuk’s services, although Michigan appears to be in the mix as well.

Rick Pitino: ‘We should be penalized … but not this team’

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One of the biggest storylines of Saturday’s college basketball schedule had everything to do with a team that no longer matters in the championship picture.

Less than 24 hours after being informed that the school would be imposing a postseason ban that will leave the Cardinals out of the ACC and NCAA tournaments, No. 19 Louisville tipped off against Boston College, and they did so without leading scorer Damion Lee, who is battling a knee issue.

How would the team respond to the decision — the despicable, shameful decision — that the university’s president made?

Well, it seems.

The Cardinals jumped out to a 19-2 lead in the first eight minutes and cruised to a 79-47 win over an overmatched Boston College team in the Yum! Center.

And head coach Rick Pitino, after the quote, said exactly what everyone is thinking.

“We should be penalized, no question about it,” he said. “But not this team. But the NCAA didn’t make that decision. We made that decision.”

He’s totally right. The school sacrificed the season — and the only shot that a pair of fifth-year seniors would get to play in the NCAA tournament — to protect the school, the brand and the bottom-line moving forward. Like I said earlier, it’s despicable.

But credit the Cardinals for responding.

Because they still have something on the line. They’re just a game out of first place in the ACC, and while an ACC regular season title isn’t a shot to play in the ACC or NCAA tournament, it’s still a banner that would probably mean more to Damion Lee and Trey Lewis than any league title has meant to a Louisville player before.

Oklahoma State without Jawun Evans, questionable moving forward

Oklahoma State guard Jawun Evans (1) goes up for a shot between Kansas forward Jamari Traylor (31) and forward Perry Ellis (34) in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Stillwater, Okla., Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016. Oklahoma State won 86-67. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
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Oklahoma State’s star point guard was not in the lineup on Saturday against No. 13 Iowa State.

Evans injured his shoulder in the Cowboys’ loss at Texas Tech on Wednesday and was ruled out of Saturday’s game.

According to the school, his official status moving forward is questionable. The Pokes are just 11-11 on the season and likely need to earn the Big 12’s at-large bid to get into the NCAA tournament. It makes sense to let him get healthy.

Evans was averaging 12.9 points, 4.9 assists and 4.4 boards this season, but he had been arguably the best point guard in the Big 12 during league play, averaging 15.6 points and 5.6 assists.