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De Sousa won't make KU debut at Texas

Self hopes new big man will be cleared 'within a week'

Over the course of the past several days, Silvio De Sousa completed the academic work necessary to graduate early from high school, relocated from Bradenton, Fla., to Lawrence, and experienced his first basketball practice at the University of Kansas. The 6-foot-9 power forward, though, won’t be able to add an in-game collegiate debut to his whirlwind December. By Benton Smith

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Workaholic: Kicker Gabriel Rui emerged unexpectedly for KU

Somehow, the same specialist who badly missed a 40-yard field goal from the left hash in the KU football spring game and sent a 39-yarder from the middle of the field wide right — with no real rush presented by the defense — turned into the program’s best placekicker in at least a decade. “I’m not sure, going into fall camp,” KU head coach David Beaty said of Gabriel Rui, “if anybody would have gave him the chance to be the starter, and all he did was keep his head down and just keep working.” By Benton Smith

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Breaking down how long each new KU football signee could potentially impact the program

In the midst of his final post-game comments following KU's 1-11 season, while explaining the patience KU athletic director Sheahon Zenger displayed in continuing to back him, despite a 3-33 record in three years, David Beaty stated rebuilds don’t always include a quick fix. “Sometimes there is, but it will be short-lived if you’re not careful,” Beaty said at the time, “So we’re trying to do it the right way. Trying to do it with guys that have three to four-plus years to where we can develop them.” In the weeks that followed those remarks, Beaty and his staff added seven junior college players to KU’s 2018 recruiting class, and signed nine in total this past week. By Benton Smith

Tease photo

De Sousa won't make KU debut at Texas

Self hopes new big man will be cleared 'within a week'

Over the course of the past several days, Silvio De Sousa completed the academic work necessary to graduate early from high school, relocated from Bradenton, Fla., to Lawrence, and experienced his first basketball practice at the University of Kansas. The 6-foot-9 power forward, though, won’t be able to add an in-game collegiate debut to his whirlwind December. By Benton Smith