Russian wing Nikita Mikhailovskii, 18, has submitted paperwork to the league office to make himself eligible for the 2019 NBA draft, his agent Arturs Kalnitis told ESPN.
Mikhailovskii, the No. 63 prospect in the ESPN Top 100, is having a productive season in the VTB league and FIBA Europe Cup, averaging 7.8 points in 16.7 minutes while shooting 44 percent from 3 through 45 games. He is the fourth-youngest player in the ESPN 100, and he will likely have a good chance to hear his name called on draft night should he elect to keep his name in at the early-entry deadline on June 10.
Mikhailovskii had his breakout last summer, earning an invite to the NBA Global Camp in Treviso and then helping Russia to a fourth place finish at the FIBA U18 European Championship, earning all-tournament team honors in the process. He just received his first call-up to the Russian senior national team this summer, a rare honor for someone his age. At 6-foot-8, he has excellent size for the wing, is a good athlete, and has strong all-around offensive versatility. He is attempting to become the first Russian player drafted since Sergey Karasev in 2013.