The Kansas basketball program continues to successfully skate by on thin ice.
Center Silvio De Sousa missed the entire 2018-19 season after allegations of improper benefits surfaced in the preseason. The NCAA handed down a two-year suspension in February, “because his guardian received payment from a university booster and agent and agreed to receive additional funds from the same person.” That decision did not last for long.
Just a few hours after the NCAA heard Kansas’ formal appeal for reinstatement Friday afternoon, the NCAA agreed to lift the second year of De Sousa’s ban.
The 6’9″ 250-pound post averaged only 4.0 points, 3.7 rebounds and 0.2 blocks in 20 games as a true freshman, but he’ll provide much more than that this fall. Playing alongside Udoka Azubuike, Kansas now has depth in the post. If Devon Dotson returns and R.J. Hampton enters the fold, they’ll be a preseason top five team.
Even when Bill Self’s players get caught cheating, he finds a way to get away with it.