Last season, Kansas got a nice boost when freshman big man Silvio De Sousa was able to begin playing for the team.
De Sousa was not eligible to play the first semester, but began doing so in January last season. From there, he averaged four points and 3.7 rebounds per game for Bill Self’s team, but really hit his stride in March.
In KU’s last nine games last season, including the Big 12 and NCAA Tournaments, De Sousa averaged 6.8 points and 6.6 rebounds per game.
Like last season, he has been out for the start of Kansas’ season. The reason is different, however.
De Sousa’s name popped up in the FBI’s probe into college basketball during the summer. It is alleged that an adidas consultant gave De Sousa’s legal guardian $2,500 for him to attend Kansas.
He remains in limbo well into the 2018-19 despite it being a pretty minor amount, and there being no indication that the player was directly involved or aware of the payment.
Today, Silvio De Sousa’s attorney put out a statement demanding the NCAA reinstate the Kansas center.
Attorney Scott Tompsett is calling for the NCAA to “be fair” to De Sousa in the matter.
Silvio De Sousa's attorney, Scott Tompsett, puts out statement. "It’s time for the NCAA to be fair to Silvio and immediately reinstate his eligibility." pic.twitter.com/nFerBUd3LJ
— Jesse Newell (@jessenewell) January 17, 2019
Earlier this week, it was reported that Kansas is weighing the option of admitting to a minor infraction in hopes that the NCAA will grant De Sousa the ability to play with his suspension time served. The $2,500 alleged payment is supposed to translate to a suspension of 30-percent of the season, a mark that De Sousa has passed with 17 missed games thus far.
Throw in the season-ending injury to starting center Udoka Azubuike, and the circumstances have gotten more serious for KU.