In less than two weeks, Kansas plays Kentucky in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge at Rupp Arena. Will Silvio De Sousa be eligible by then?
Kansas has held the sophomore forward out all season after Adidas consultant TJ Gassnola testified during the college hoops trial he paid De Sousa’s guardian $2,500, but this morning, Seth Davis is reporting that Kansas is seeking to have him reinstated. That means the Jayhawks will acknowledge to the NCAA that a violation took place and accept the punishment, which, in this case, would be De Sousa sitting out 30 percent of the team’s games. So far, he’s sat out 16 games, exceeding that amount. He’s been practicing with the team all season.
If De Sousa does get reinstated, it would be huge for the Jayhawks, who lost Udoka Azubuike to a season-ending wrist injury last week. Last season, the 6’9″ forward averaged 4.0 points and 3.7 rebounds in 8.8 minutes per game. He had a career-high 16 points and 10 rebounds in Kansas’ win over West Virginia on March 10.
Knowing the NCAA, they’ll reinstate De Sousa the morning of the Kentucky game just because.