Jan. 9, 2013
TUCSON, Ariz. - Former University of Arizona men's basketball player Kyryl Natyazhko completed his degree requirements this December while playing professionally in Europe.
Natyazhko earned his bachelor's degree in general studies with an emphasis in social behavior and human understanding.
He becomes the 13th Arizona basketball player to complete his eligibility and earn his degree, dating back to 2008, and is the eighth UA player to complete his eligibility under Sean Miller and complete degree requirements. In fact, all 24 players to do so under Miller in his eight-plus seasons as a college head coach have earned college degrees.
Currently, Natyazhko is listed as a 6-foot-10, 242-pound forward for Azovmash Mariupol in the Ukraine. Natyazhko is averaging 6.4 points, 3.4 rebounds and 0.4 blocked shots per game through 14 games. As of Dec. 25, Azovmash Mariupol had an 11-3 record.
A three-year letterman for Arizona (2009-12), Natyazhko averaged 1.7 points, 2.0 rebounds and 0.2 blocked shots per game in 91 career appearances (nine starts). He capped his collegiate career with a .427 field goal percentage (61-of-143), including .400 (6-of-15) from three-point range.