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A little clarity on the Silvio De Sousa situation

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Team Drive''s Silvio De Sousa #22 shoots a free throw against Team Clutch in the Under Armour Elite 24 game on Saturday, August 20, 2016 in Brooklyn, NY.

Team Drive''s Silvio De Sousa #22 shoots a free throw against Team Clutch in the Under Armour Elite 24 game on Saturday, August 20, 2016 in Brooklyn, NY. by Gregory Payan/AP Photo

A handful of Twitter messages that surfaced Thursday suggesting that Class of 2018 power forward Silvio De Sousa had been authorized to join the Kansas basketball program in time for the second semester of the current season were not accurate, according to a source with knowledge of De Sousa's recruitment.

But the Tweets, which came from what appears to be some kind of KU fan account and have since been deleted, were not completely unfounded.

While announcing his commitment to Kansas to the Journal-World back in August, De Sousa said then that he wanted to explore the idea of graduating from IMG Academy early in time to join the Jayhawks this season.

“Of course I want to play for my team in high school this year,” De Sousa told the Journal-World in August. “But if I get a chance to go straight to Kansas, I would love to just go to Kansas.”

Although IMG’s Facebook account posted a live video of De Sousa shown signing what appeared to be his letter of intent to Kansas on Wednesday — the first day of the early signing period — it's not yet known whether De Sousa and his legal guardian Fenny Falmagne have signed the letter yet.

KU officials are unable to comment on anything regarding De Sousa until that letter is in hand and cleared through KU’s compliance office.

Reached for comment Thursday afternoon, De Sousa told the Journal-World he would be available sometime after school.

At this point, it’s hard to know whether De Sousa actually could complete the necessary academic steps to get to KU this season. But if it’s possible, adding the 6-foot-9, 245-pound power forward would be a huge boost for a thin Kansas front court and a roster that features just eight scholarship players who are eligible to play during the first semester.

Stay in touch with KUsports.com for updates on De Sousa's situation.

Comments

John Fitzgerald 1 week, 3 days ago

Odds are he wouldn't play much but it would give us a little more depth. And he'd have a heck of a head start for next year.

Matt Tait 1 week, 3 days ago

If it happens, he'd play a lot. It's hard to tell whether it will or not yet, and he certainly would need a few weeks to get up to speed. But I'd say by February at the latest he would be a big time factor for this team.

Dirk Medema 1 week, 2 days ago

Matt, You really think he'd be able to learn all the things Coach has been installing with the other guys in little more than a month at the same time as they get ready for the actual games?

It seems like more of a Diallo situation to me; where he'd have plenty of talent, but not have learned the rotations and help that are so important to Coach and the cohesion of the whole.

Brett McCabe 1 week, 3 days ago

Not getting my hopes up, but how great would that be?

Lin Rahardja 1 week, 1 day ago

The addition of Silvio this year will make KU front-court formidable, and will dominate comes March Madness.

Steve Zimmerman 1 week ago

This is news to me. If it comes true at all, we'll be in a better shape - regardless if he'll only practice or play in a few games.

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