When he was hit with a two-season suspension by the NCAA, it appeared that Silvio De Sousa’s college career was likely over. That may still be the case.
De Sousa has made a decision about his basketball future, but it comes with a caveat. The sophomore big man will enter the NBA Draft.
Kansas, however, has an appealed the suspension to the NCAA. In a recent radio interview, athletic director Jeff Long confirmed that his department is working to get De Sousa’s suspension overturned.
He says that the school has a commitment from the NCAA that the organization will “move along as quickly as possible,” something that is not exactly one of its hallmarks in player eligibility matters.
As he awaits the NCAA’s ruling on his appeal, Silvio De Sousa will test the NBA Draft, in case he cannot play in college.
In the note he just released, he says his first choice is to remain a Jayhawk:
— SD2TWO (@SilvioDeSousa5) April 20, 2019
In a lengthy interview with the Lawrence Journal-World, De Sousa and his attorney went into detail about the decision.
Asked to clarify his plans, which were outlined in a letter sent by his attorney to the NCAA that accompanied KU’s appeal, De Sousa, who Friday declared for the NBA Draft, said he would return to KU if he’s allowed to play during the 2019-20 season.
“I will be back for sure,” he said.
And if the appeal is denied?
“I will be gone for sure,” De Sousa explained.
Even if he cannot play for the Jayhawks again, he remains extremely positive about his time at Kansas, and thinks the experience has been incredibly beneficial.
“Kansas changed my life,” he said. “Not many people where I’m from get to be where I am right now. And Kansas gave me opportunities, so I feel like I have a lot to give to them.”
“When I got ruled out, I remember thinking they took away the athlete, not the student part,” added De Sousa, who has a cumulative grade-point average of 2.79 but seen it skyrocket to 3.5 during the current semester. “All I lost this year was just the opportunity to show what I could do. But, otherwise, I haven’t lost anything.”
De Sousa only played about half of a season for Kansas, beginning midway through the 2017-18 season. He became an important contributor by the post-season, averaging 6.75 points and seven rebounds in the Big 12 and NCAA Tournaments.