What’s the latest on Kansas forward Silvio De Sousa? The sophomore has been held out all season after Adidas consultant TJ Gassnola testified during the college hoops trial he paid De Sousa’s guardian $2,500, but last week, the Jayhawks declared him ineligible in hopes of getting the NCAA to reinstate him. This morning, Bill Self was asked for an update on De Sousa, whom the NCAA could reinstate at any moment, and said he’s heard nothing.
“I haven’t heard anything new. We’re still holding out hope but I haven’t heard anything new.”
By declaring De Sousa ineligible, Kansas formally acknowledged that a violation took place and accepted 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 19 games, exceeding that amount. He’s been practicing with the team all season and could help fill the void left by Udoka Azubuike, who suffered a season-ending wrist injury earlier this month. Last season, De Sousa 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.
The fact that the NCAA is dragging its feet on this isn’t surprising; however, would anyone be shocked if De Sousa was miraculously reinstated right before Saturday’s game?