The saga of now-former Kansas basketball player Silvio De Sousa took another strange turn this week with the revelation of a serious criminal charge levied against him.
According to the Lawrence Journal-World, the 22-year-old center is set to be charged with aggravated battery. In Douglas County District Court, that is “a level-5 or mid-level-severity felony.”
“The charging document, filed Monday, alleges that De Sousa ‘unlawfully, feloniously and recklessly cause(d) great bodily harm or disfigurement to another person,'” the Journal-World reported. “The alleged incident was reported to Lawrence police as a battery at 2:36 a.m. Jan. 1 in the 1100 block of Massachusetts, department records show.”
Silvio De Sousa, who recently announced he was leaving the #kubball team, is facing a charge of aggravated battery related to a January incident in downtown Lawrence, according to court records: https://t.co/BCovEmjrl2 pic.twitter.com/WX34vDoEK4
— Lawrence Journal-World (@LJWorld) October 28, 2020
Silvio De Sousa has been a controversial figure in college basketball for a while now. He was a basketball prodigy as a youth player, staring at the prestigious IMG Academy in Florida and winning gold medals at the FIBA Africa U-16 and U-18 Championship tournaments.
De Sousa committed to Kansas basketball in 2017, giving the team one of the top center prospects in the nation.
As a freshman for the Jayhawks, De Sousa appeared in 20 games and averaged less than nine minutes per game, after joining the team at midseason. He would have seen a much bigger role as a sophomore were it not for the fallout of the college basketball corruption scandal.
Allegations that De Sousa’s guardian had taken money from a Maryland booster led to an NCAA investigation. Kansas held him out of games until the NCAA announced that he was ineligible for the 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons.
De Sousa appealed the decision and the NCAA ultimately allowed him to play in the 2019-20 season.
Now that his college career appears to be done, it’s hard to predict where he goes from here.