Kansas basketball coach Bill Self, ahead of the team’s annual Late Night event, told reporters on Thursday about some of the ramifications Silvio De Sousa’s departure will have on the team.
Among them, Self pointed out, the front court rotation will look different, with freshman forward Gethro Muscadin becoming the third big man, behind David McCormack and Mitch Lightfoot.
What’s more, Self said the Jayhawks might find more opportunities to play with five guards during the upcoming 2020-21 season.
With the rematch versus rival Kansas State up next on the schedule, Kansas coach Bill Self shared his thoughts Thursday on the environment the Jayhawks will encounter in Manhattan.
The two rivals, of course, spilled into some courtside seats during a fracas at Allen Fieldhouse in the final seconds of a KU win back on Jan. 21.
“I expect it will be great, just like it always is when we go over there,” Self said of the kind of scene he expects to see. “And I don’t think there will be anything to take away from that.”
Self said the crowd will be turned up, and said KU’s coaches will have a talk with players about what they should be prepared for.
Kansas basketball coach Bill Self fielded questions Friday afternoon about the brawl that concluded this week’s Sunflower Showdown, and the actions of the Jayhawks who were suspended by the Big 12 — Silvio De Sousa and David McCormack.
“During a situation in which it seemed like everything that could possibly go wrong in a five- to seven-second window went wrong to cause that to escalate,” Self said. “But there’s still no excuse for it. We’ll learn from it, we’ll talk about it and somehow Silvio will use this in a way to help him moving forward, and hopefully also help others moving forward, in how to deal with emotion and stuff like that when that feeling’s coming across you.”
After missing out on his sophomore basketball season at Kansas, forward Silvio De Sousa is excitedly looking forward to his return with the Jayhawks.
De Sousa, who worked Wednesday at Washburn University's basketball camp, told reporters how he got through a challenging year.
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.
The Kansas men's basketball team competed in a scrimmage with former players at Horejsi Family Athletics Center on Wednesday.
The Red team had little trouble blowing out the Blue team.
Sam Cunliffe 9, Udoka Azubuike 14, Dedric Lawson 10, Charlie Moore 26, K.J. Lawson 2, Devon Dotson 7, Mitch Lightfoot 6, Ochai Agbaji 2, Marcus Garrett 4.
Wayne Selden 6, Devonte’ Graham 8, Mario Chalmers 0, Travis Releford 4, Silvio De Sousa 10, Elijah Johnson 5, David McCormack 8, Chris Teahan 3.
Check out highlights from the Red team's victory over the Blue team during a basketball scrimmage at the University of Kansas basketball camp on Tuesday.
Mitch Lightfoot led all scorers with 22 points during the show put on for youth campers.
Silvio De Sousa scored 17 for Red.
Following a scrimmage Tuesday afternoon at the University of Kansas basketball camp, freshman big man David McCormack praised the Jayhawks’ frontcourt depth.
Even though returning starting center Udoka Azubuike sat out the first-to-80 pick-up game due to illness, campers watching inside Horejsi Family Athletics Center got to see the 6-foot-10 McCormack, as well as Dedric Lawson, Silvio De Sousa and Mitch Lightfoot.
“We’re all skilled. We’re all powerful,” McCormack said. “We all know how to play the game and we play to our strengths.”
So just how good could KU’s group of bigs be in the upcoming 2018-19 season?
“I feel like we have the best frontcourt in the nation,” McCormack said.
Kansas basketball big men Dedric Lawson, Silvio De Sousa and David McCormack show off their footwork and finishing ability in front of campers Monday afternoon during KU basketball camp.
Lawson, a 6-foot-9 junior, sat out the 2017-18 season after transferring from Memphis.
De Sousa, a 6-9 sophomore, appeared in 20 games this past season, after arriving mid-season as an early high school graduate.
A 6-10 freshman, McCormack, a McDonald’s All-American, just arrived in Lawrence a few days ago.
Returning to Lawrence after helping the Jayhawks advance to the Final Four with an Elite Eight victory against Duke, Kansas freshman forward Silvio De Sousa thanked all of the fans for their support since he arrived during the middle of the season.
"When I was in high school, I had friends and I kind of felt lonely sometimes, most of the time," De Sousa said. "But ever since I got to Kansas, I feel like I have my family here."
As a bonus to making the Final Four, De Sousa plans to see his parents for the first time in about a year when they watch him play in San Antonio, helped by an NCAA program that helps pay the expenses for players' families.