On Friday, during an interview in which he revealed his plans to enter the 2019 NBA draft — to stay if the NCAA maintains he is ineligible for the 2019-20 season — Kansas forward Silvio De Sousa explains how he managed to stay positive while sitting out an entire season of basketball.
“I think the day I found out I couldn’t play was the hardest one,” De Sousa said of this past season.
Before discussing what comes next for him, now that KU has filed its appeal of De Sousa’s suspension to the NCAA, the sophomore big man described how he navigated the past several months successfully, despite his frustrations.
“I think it’s a family thing, and my mom always taught me and told me to be a good person, no matter what you’re going through,” De Sousa said. “That’s one thing I always carried on, to care for others, even when I’m not in a good position. So right now I can’t play, it’s fine. I can for sure clap for good things for my teammates. That’s why I keep the same positive energy every day.”
De Sousa’s attorney, Scott Tompsett, said they expect to learn the result of KU’s appeal next week.
After Auburn ended the Kansas basketball team’s season in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, sophomore K.J. Lawson explained how issues on the defensive end of the floor made a rally difficult.
“You can’t trade baskets when you’re down,” Lawson said. “And we just didn’t put together enough stops in the beginning.”
The Tigers led by as many as 27 points while eliminating KU.
In an emotional Kansas locker room Saturday night in Salt Lake City, Devon Dotson tried to put into words the various emotions that accompanied a season-ending loss for Kansas.
“It hurts,” Dotson said, wearing a towel on top of his head while surrounded by reporters and cameras. “It hurts.”
The Kansas basketball team’s freshman point guard finished with 13 points and 3 assists in an 89-75 loss in the NCAA Tournament’s second round.
Following a season-ending defeat against Auburn, Dedric Lawson explains what went wrong for the Jayhawks.
“It was their shooting ability,” Lawson said of one of many keys to the Tigers’ success. “They made every shot in the first half. Made eight 3’s.”
Lawson finished the loss with 25 points and 10 rebounds
“That 25 don’t even matter,” he said. “We just lost by like 20. It doesn’t even matter.”
Kansas forward Dedric Lawson explains how the Jayhawks are preparing for their Saturday night matchup with Auburn in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
Although the Jayhawks rolled past Northeastern, they know the Tigers, SEC Tournament champions and winners of nine straight, will be a huge challenge.
“If you don’t win tomorrow, there’s no K.C.,” Lawson said of potentially advancing to the Sweet 16. “So it’s just taking care of what’s now.”
Lawson spent much of his discussions with media members Friday sharing his thoughts on Auburn’s abilities on both ends of the floor.
On the eve of his NCAA Tournament debut, Kansas point guard Devon Dotson explains how the Jayhawks are preparing to defend the four-guard, 3-pointer-focused attack of Northeastern in the opening round.
“I think they shoot about 20-something a game,” Dotson said inside KU’s locker room on Wednesday. “They’re gonna get them up. So we’re gonna have to be mindful of where they are.”
Without giving away too much of the defensive strategy, Dotson also said the Jayhawks will need to make the Huskies uncomfortable.
After speeding and driving his way to 17 points and 4 assists in a 65-57 Kansas victory over Texas in the Big 12 quarterfinals, freshman Devon Dotson explained what led to his productive night at Sprint Center.
“I felt like there were driving lanes I could attack and that was an emphasis, just to get downhill and make plays,” Dotson said.
The Jayhawks advanced to set up a matchup in the semifinals with No. 10 seed West Virginia.
Freshman guard Ochai Agbaji, who grew up rooting for Kansas, said knowing that the Jayhawks' Big 12 title streak was over was a bitter pill to swallow.
But Agbaji added that the Jayhawks are trying to think big picture in the wake of their 81-68 loss at OU.
In a game that Kansas had to win to prolong its hope of winning another Big 12 title this season, head coach Bill Self said the Jayhawks didn’t match Oklahoma’s intensity in an 81-68 Sooners win.
“We obviously got it handed to us right from the get-go and everything,” Self said. “For this team to perform well we’ve got to have some things go right and be turned up, and when it started going bad we couldn’t change it.”
OU led by as many as 24 points in the game that ended KU’s 14-year reign as Big 12 champions.
Kansas forwards David McCormack and Dedric Lawson share their thoughts on the night that ended the Jayhawks’ run of Big 12 titles.
“We just talked about getting better, getting ready for Baylor and finishing the season strong,” Lawson said.
Oklahoma handled the Jayhawks throughout the former Big 12 champion’s Tuesday trip to OU.