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De Sousa and the rest of the Jayhawks arrive in Lawrence ready to roll

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Kansas basketball coach Bill Self told the Journal-World late Tuesday night that all of his Jayhawks made it back to campus on Tuesday to begin preparations for Friday's matchup with Texas.

Several but not all of the Jayhawks returned to their hometowns for a couple of days following last week's victory over Stanford in Sacramento to celebrate the holidays with friends and family.

Included in Tuesday's on-campus arrival was new freshman Silvio De Sousa, the 6-foot-9, 245-pound forward from IMG Academy, who just last week learned that he had become eligible to join the Jayhawks for the second semester of the 2017-18 season after graduating from IMG a semester early.

De Sousa arrived in Lawrence near the end of KU's Tuesday night practice and will have to pass a physical exam Wednesday morning before joining the Jayhawks on the practice floor.

His status for Friday's game remains up in the air as he first has to have his amateurism certified by the NCAA before he is allowed to participate in competition.

As soon as he passes the physical, though, De Sousa will be eligible to participate in team practices.

The photo De Sousa attached in the Tweet that announced his arrival in Lawrence (see above) was taken during his official visit to campus back in August. The new KU big man will wear No. 22 when he does finally suit up with the Jayhawks, which was the number he wore at IMG.

While there clearly are issues and elements of this team that need to be addressed as the Jayhawks continue to try to piece their team together and find a way to fully click, it's also clear that the team leaders are locked in on getting everyone ready for the Big 12 portion of KU's schedule.

“We feel pretty good," Devonte' Graham said after the Stanford victory. "We get to go home for Christmas and have a few days with our family and then we come back and it's time to ramp it up a couple notches and go on this nice little conference run.”

Comments

David Kelley-Wood 6 months, 3 weeks ago

"As soon as he passes the physical, though, De Sousa will be eligible to participate in team practices."

Something tells me he's not going to have a problem with the physical.

Matt Tait 6 months, 3 weeks ago

Haha. Great point. If there's one thing that's certain about this dude it's that he's a physical specimen. Looking forward to seeing him on the court, even if it is just for pregame this Friday.

Karen Mansfield-Stewart 6 months, 3 weeks ago

I'm not sure how much of a factor he is going to be this year but he sure looks like a force to be reckoned with. If he can be a rebounding specialist he should get a fair amount of PT - at least until Preston is cleared.

Matt Tait 6 months, 3 weeks ago

I think that's the key... Nobody's expecting double-doubles out of De Sousa — even if he is compared to double-double machine Thomas Robinson and Julius Randle — but having a man his size on the floor, with or in place of Azubuike, helps KU tremendously in terms of rebounding, five more fouls and a player who, just possibly, might actually be able to get to the free throw line.

Karen Mansfield-Stewart 6 months, 3 weeks ago

Is he a good free throw shooter Matt? Do you know his stats from high school?

Matt Tait 6 months, 3 weeks ago

He has a nice touch from the free throw line and can get there. In his last high school game he shot 7-of-8 from the line against elite competition and I think he was above 70 percent for his career.

Steve Quatrocky 6 months, 3 weeks ago

Happy Birthaday Coach Self, I sure hope you like your present, DeSousa. Welcome to the Family Silvio

Andy Godwin 6 months, 3 weeks ago

Free Cheick, I mean Billy. We know who the former turned out when Diallo eventually became eligible. He practiced with the team but was not able to play until second semester at a time during the season when Self would/could not allow him to play through mistakes during a game. Preston is still the best hope for frontline help to compete in an apparently stacked Big 12.

Matt Tait 6 months, 3 weeks ago

I think one of the big differences here is need. With Diallo, Self had other front court options that he could go with, which gave him the luxury of demanding that Diallo did everything to perfection or not play. De Sousa will be expected to execute for sure, but with so little depth among the bigs, he'll also be a guy who will be allowed a little more freedom to learn on the fly simply because he's the second biggest body KU has and there are going to be games when they just need him to be out there for a handful of minutes.

Should be interesting.

Ryan Zimmerman 6 months, 3 weeks ago

HCBS continues to say he's "optimistic" about Billy... which I suppose he wouldn't say if Billy was never going to play IMO. You'd think he'd just say "we are anxious for a resolution" or " we're hoping to get some news on the situation", etc. The "optimistic" part makes me believe that the overall issue isn't a major deal, but the NCAA is being...well... the NCAA and being slow and Diallow with this. It's getting ridiculous though.

Tony Bandle 6 months, 3 weeks ago

Now with Silvio, even in a limited role, we have a good chance of beating Texas plus K-State and Iowa State, however, without Billy, we will lose at lease 6 games in league this year. The only saving grace is that because of so much Big 12 parity, that 10-6 record just might win a co-championship!!

Aaron Paisley 6 months, 3 weeks ago

Teams play 18 conference games and 12-6 will not win the Big 12.

Freedman Moor 6 months, 3 weeks ago

Pardon me if this question has been asked, but does anyone know if Billy Preston is related to THE Billy Preston of 'Nothing From Nothin' fame?

Joseph Bullock 6 months, 3 weeks ago

If people would look at some of Silvios mix tapes they might find he is a lot better than a few minutes here and there. He will be a major factor. as a rim protector, rebounder (at both ends), and he can score, pass, and has a nice handle for a ‘big’!

Titus Canby 6 months, 3 weeks ago

Free drink... with a Vista Burger basket.

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