The Kansas basketball program won its first contest of the upcoming basketball season. No, the Jayhawks didn’t have an official opponent on the schedule today, but they still had the biggest win of the offseason.
Silvio De Sousa won his appeal and is now eligible for the upcoming college basketball season.
De Sousa was held out of competition this past season due to all the drama off the court. Unfortunately for the talented forward, the NCAA ruled him ineligible for next season as well.
De Sousa decided to enter his name into the NBA Draft after the NCAA’s decision to make him ineligible for the 2019-20 season.
However, with its latest ruling making him eligible, he’ll likely return to campus and play for the Jayhawks this year.
Here’s the announcement from the NCAA.
Kansas men’s basketball student-athlete Silvio De Sousa is eligible to play the upcoming season. pic.twitter.com/hIjzSIRpn6
— Inside the NCAA (@InsidetheNCAA) May 24, 2019
Kansas athletic director Jeff Long announced earlier this week that the university set a May 29 deadline for the NCAA to get back to the school regarding De Sousa’s appeal. The NCAA beat the deadline, which is surprising in and of itself.
The decision to reinstate De Sousa shocked the college basketball world.
Kansas will likely receive a boost in the preseason rankings in the event that De Sousa returns.