March 25, 2018
Kansas forward Silvio De Sousa (22) and Duke forward Javin DeLaurier (12) fight for a ball during the second half, Sunday, March 25, 2018 at CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Neb.
Silvio De Sousa will not play a game for the Kansas men's basketball team this season, nor will he join the Jayhawks’ rotation for the 2019-20 campaign, the NCAA ruled late Friday afternoon.
It’s been more than two months since a federal indictment alleged the guardians of two unnamed University of Kansas basketball players — widely believed to be current KU big man Silvio De Sousa and former forward Billy Preston — received illegal payments in a scandal orchestrated by an Adidas executive. But nothing that has transpired since leads head coach Bill Self to think De Sousa will be ineligible to play as a sophomore this coming season. By Benton Smith
Silvio De Sousa sat at his locker with a bandage on his left knee, a bloodstain on the fabric over his thigh and a single piece of red confetti stuck to his shoulder. It was a “heavyweight bout,” coach Bill Self would later say, and De Sousa looked the part of the champion. By Scott Chasen