Monday, April 15, 2019

KU sophomore Silvio De Sousa facing potentially important week

Kansas forward Silvio De Sousa (22) watches the second half in street clothes, Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas forward Silvio De Sousa (22) watches the second half in street clothes, Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019 at Allen Fieldhouse.


Although there does not appear to be any kind of ruling on his appeal on the horizon, this week still could be an important time for the future of Kansas sophomore Silvio De Sousa.

De Sousa, who is facing a 2-year suspension from the NCAA for his guardian’s involvement in a pay-for-play scheme that has been part of a bigger federal investigation into corruption in college basketball, did not play during the 2018-19 season and has until Sunday to decide whether he, too, would like to throw his name into the ring of Jayhawks testing their NBA Draft stock.

Teammates Dedric Lawson, Quentin Grimes and Devon Dotson already have declared their intentions to explore their draft prospects.

Sunday — at 10:59 p.m. — marks the deadline for underclassmen to declare for the 2019 NBA Draft, and such a move could be in play for De Sousa, who many believe has a future in professional basketball.

“I would totally understand and encourage him to look into it, just because of the unknown with the NCAA,” KU coach Bill Self told the Journal-World when asked recently about De Sousa’s status. “If he can’t have an answer (about his college eligibility) by a certain time, at least he would’ve tried this and then hopefully he’d have an answer by the time that he would have to pull his name out, if that's what would be in his best interest.”

May 29 would be the next key deadline for De Sousa in that scenario. That's the final day underclassmen can pull their name out of the draft pool and retain their college eligibility. And declaring before Sunday's deadline would give KU and De Sousa six more weeks of waiting time to see if his appeal leads to a shorter suspension before any kind of definite decisions are made about his future.

According to Self, there is no time frame, as of today, for a ruling on De Sousa’s appeal, and KU remains committed to fighting for De Sousa’s eligibility.

“He obviously has been patient and waited his time and everything, but those days are numbered now,” Self said. “It’s not like you have an infinite number of days to try to hammer this out. You’ve lost a year. Can’t get that back. All we can do is fight for next year and, certainly, we’re doing that.”

De Sousa’s suspension was handed out by the NCAA on Feb. 1. The next day, KU Athletic Director Jeff Long announced in an impromptu press conference before KU’s home game with Texas Tech that the school planned to appeal the suspension.

Although more than two months have passed since then without much news about De Sousa’s future surfacing, Self said his feelings about the situation had not changed.

“I feel, beyond a shadow of a doubt, the kid should be eligible,” he said. “Beyond a shadow of a doubt. Everybody in our camp does. But the whole thing is it doesn’t matter what we think.”


Armen Kurdian 5 months, 1 week ago

If there was ever anyone that the 'test the waters' option was tailor made for, it's Silvio. He's got to do an initial declaration and do some workouts and see if he gets his name on the mock draft list.

Even if he declares fully and goes pro, the University should still pursue the legal case for his benefit to stop this stupidity from happening in the future.

Bryce Landon 5 months, 1 week ago

Silvio is the one guy on the team who I would support leaving. Not because I don't want him around, but because the NCAA did him dirty. He already had to sit out one season, and there's no sense in him riding the pine for another full season. Flip the NCAA the bird and go make some money playing basketball.

Freddie Garza 5 months, 1 week ago

Honestly, I hope Silvio sues the bejeezus out of the NCAA for a few hundred million bucks AND WINS.

Joe Baker 5 months ago

They have self-righteous attitudes about violations and they are the biggest violation of college basketball. They've become too big, too powerful, and too corrupt. It's time for an overhaul. You can tell the coaches that benefit from the NCAA. Those same programs get passes, after clear violations have been found. What really pisses me off is all these self-proclaimed KU "fans" that gloat over KU's situation and throw stones at a program, when other programs are just as guilty. But they will maintain KU's guilt and integrity at all costs. They are even calling for Self's termination from the program. Funny how many posters attack and defend the NCAA when it's not their program being drug through the mud. I've said it before and I will say it again, there is much more to come. Unless of course, these same programs get their passes from the NCAA, ie. UNC fake classes and academic reporting for players. Roy Williams is the biggest violator ever. He left KU with minor violations and said he would do it again.
We all know indictments are all over including Duke after Williamson was clearly named in the case, yet the NCAA did nothing to pursue the allegations. In fact, Mike K made an announcement in a short press conference calling the whole Grand Jury process a "blip." He went on to say the Duke lawyers cleared Zion of any wrong doing and made him eligible. Yet, he never sat nor did Emmert ever order an investigation into Zion's recruiting. Yet, Emmert is going to "clean" up and impose stiff penalties against programs? JOKE! Duke should've sat Zion until his name was completely cleared of any wrong. If you noticed the NCAA went after KU and then enforced SDS sitting this year, but then added further penalty for him to sit next year? Really? Yet, Zion plays and Duke goes deep into the tourney. Corruption at its finest and it's the very organization that says they will "clean" up college bball? It will never happen.

Marius Rowlanski 5 months, 1 week ago

The NCAA has really shown off its slimy underbelly in this case.

Why does there seem to be a major effort to discredit one shoe company over another although BOTH have been shown to have participated in something that should never have been against the law in the first place. What law was broken? Making money off their own likeness?

There can't still be people who believe all these athletes don't take advantage of something that was theirs anyway.

If the movie "The Blindside" were to happen today, the entire season would have been declared ineligible...

Barry Weiss 5 months, 1 week ago

well, look for him to declare this week. I mean why not.

Craig Carson 5 months, 1 week ago

its time for Silvio to do whats best for himself since the NCAA obviously doesnt care about sure he might feel some loyalty to Self and KU for putting up such a fight for him, but KU can do no more for him at this point..

Doug Merrill 5 months, 1 week ago

KU could sue the NCAA. They could do that.

Dane Pratt 5 months ago

They could but I doubt they will. If a lawsuit is ever filed it should be done by Silvio and not KU. Member schools suing what amounts to the judge, jury and executioner is probably not a good precedent.

Len Shaffer 5 months, 1 week ago

What the NCAA is continuing to do to this poor kid is unfathomable, criminal and inexcusable. He absolutely should see whether he can make it in the pros without having to wait another year -- and let's face it, the odds of the NCAA changing their mind on appeal are slim.

Matt Gauntt 5 months, 1 week ago

I'm going to be in the minority here, I am guessing. No way possible he gets drafted. He's almost completely untested and he didn't shine all that bright when he was in the game. Only about 20% of the underclassmen that declare get drafted into the NBA. That's just reality. So, that means that realistically, he's going to play in Europe or if he is lucky, the G-League making $35,000. I know everyone is ticked at the NCAA, and for good reason. But look at this in a practical light. If he stays, he can accelerate his education for the next year. By all indications, he is a bright young man (he speaks some part of 5 different languages). Work hard at school next year, get ahead and then he can focus on basketball. He has the chance to be a star at one of the best basketball schools in the country. He'll get recognition, lots of playing time and great teaching. Let him get better at the game and THEN go for the NBA draft. This just feels like wanting revenge against the NBA and not figuring out what his best option is for a great NBA career. Otherwise, unless you follow French professional basketball, you are never going to hear the name Silvio again.

Tony Bandle 5 months, 1 week ago

All I can say is Silvio handled his situation with incredible class, maturity and stoicism....much more than could be expected from anyone. He may go down as one of the most favorite Jayhawks of all time who played less than half of a season.

Not that it's a rare occasion but on this on I go with Bryce 1000%. Silvio, I wish you only the best and thanks for showing how a class act acts.

Mike Greer 5 months, 1 week ago

I agree getting drafted is a low probability, but I think of all the bigs he's shown the most potential. Silvio played better with half a season than David did with an entire season. And Dok doesn't rebound as well as Silvio, or shoot free throws as well. I wouldn't sell him short.

Dane Pratt 5 months, 1 week ago

The fact that he has yet to declare seems to suggest he would prefer to stay at KU. Is he waiting until the last minute to find out if the suspension has been lifted before he makes his decision?

Dee Shaw 5 months, 1 week ago

Who cares. Time to move on. This ship has sailed.

Joe Baker 5 months ago

Good point. The question becomes, where does the ship sail from here and who will be sailing on that ship? I hope she has a great crew to right the course.

Bj Cassady 5 months ago

I wonder if Silvio was at Duke what his status would be. Probably would be playing next year. There is such duo standards in this "Game".

Al Martin 5 months ago

If he was at Duke he would have played this year.

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