Dreams Coming True For Foreign Big Man

Throughout the July evaluation period college coaches made their way to watch Team Florida, trying to get a glimpse of Kyryl Natyazhko. The big man played well and has become a high major recruit.

College coaches have been scrambling to find out more information about Kyryl Natyazhko. The big man that hit the circuit in May, had a breakout July and has become one of hottest uncommitted big men in the country.

Originally of Ukraine, Natyazhko made his way to the United States this year, after his first cousin, Kyrylo Fesenko, of the Utah Jazz, made a call to Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy.

Once in the U.S., Natyazhko has taken care of the rest. At 6-foot-10, 240-pound, he's got a huge, chiseled frame, to go with a solid skill set.

"His ability and his size is what is really intriguing to everyone and is why everyone is watching him so closely," IMG coach Vince Walden said. "He has some things he needs to develop, but he does have a good skill set and he's only 17 years old."

College coaches took notice during the July evaluation period and his recruitment took off. The schools that have made contact are Vanderbilt, Kentucky, Kansas, Arizona State, Marquette, Xavier, Miami, SMU, UCLA, LSU and Louisville.

"In terms of his recruiting, I haven't shut the door anybody," Walden said. "One thing I like about this kid, is he just wants to get a chance to play and have a college experience. He wants to continue to develop and get to the highest level."

"He would just love to go somewhere that is a good fit for him and will allow him to develop at his natural position," Walden continued. "He wants to get a shot at the highest level."

Natyazhko is currently in his home country for a few weeks. Once he gets back to the U.S. he'll take a few visits and begin looking at the recruiting process a little more.

"He has dreams of playing college basketball," Walden said.

It looks like those aspirations are about to come true.


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