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Kansas Basketball Record Watch 2018-19: Silvio De Sousa

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Kansas forward Silvio De Sousa (22) puts up a shot during a shoot around on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo.

Kansas forward Silvio De Sousa (22) puts up a shot during a shoot around on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo. by Nick Krug

A couple of months ago, when KU junior Udoka Azubuike announced he would return for his junior season at Kansas instead of trying to make it in the NBA, the first thing that popped into my head was where Azubuike stood in KU’s record books in a few key areas.

Granted, because he missed all but 11 games of his freshman season and also missed time during his sophomore season, Azubuike has not exactly played the kind of games or logged the amount of minutes to make a real push for any of KU’s biggest records.

But surely there are some that, after a monster junior season, could be a factor for Azubuike, right?

And if that’s the case, couldn’t that be true for just about every scholarship player on KU’s roster?

I mean, we all can agree that Quentin Grimes isn’t going to finish his first year at Kansas — and possibly his only year here — as the school’s all-time leading scorer, but could he make a push for KU’s freshman scoring record?

Last year’s KU media guide featured 19 full pages of school records. So over the next several days, we’re going to take a look at (a) what records some of these guys might be closing in on, if any, and (b) which record(s) each KU player could realistically make a run at during the 2018-19 season.

Some of it might be a stretch. But, hey, it’s August, and even if some of what you’ll read in the next few days isn’t likely, it’s still kind of fun to think about the best case scenarios in a sort of what-if mentality.

Next up: Silvio De Sousa

During all of the growing pains that came with Silvio De Sousa adjusting from second-semester freshman who couldn’t play two minutes to key part of a team that reached the Final Four, there was one constant.

Mr. De Sousa has a very nice looking shooting stroke.

It shows up in warmups when he’s taking mid-range jumpers. It shows up in practice when he’s a little more free to extend his range and operating as a part of the scout team. And it most certainly shows up at the free throw line. Every. Single. Time.

Automatic it is not. After all, the 6-foot-9, 245-pound Angola native from IMG Academy did miss six of the 21 free throws he attempted last season. But even those misses looked good.

De Sousa’s form is so smooth and his repetition so precise that every time he raises the ball from his waste to his shoulders, it looks like the start of something that’s destined for the bottom of the net.

Because De Sousa enters his second season at Kansas much more comfortable with everything around him, one can only imagine that he will get more than 21 opportunities at the free throw line this season. And if he does, I don’t think it’s crazy to predict he could make most, if not all of them.

That brings us to the De Sousa record watch portion of this blog. And while it certainly is possible for De Sousa to do some serious work on the boards and set some kind of rebounding record, — my pick would be most rebounds in a single possession, though I haven’t found that stat in any of KU’s official record books — I like the free throw record as De Sousa’s most attainable this season.

Not most free throws. And not most attempts either.

I’m talking about most consecutive makes from the free throw line.

Sherron Collins owns the record today, making 36 in a row back in 2009. Wayne Simien is right behind him with 34 in a row in 2005.

That’s a lot. For anybody.

But I don’t think De Sousa making three or four a game for 10 or a 11 games straight is all that hard to picture. He’s not going to get many more attempts than that per game. And he’s not going to be a high-volume free throw shooter.

So his record, should he get it, will have to be pieced together over time. But, in some ways, that makes it easier to achieve, in my opinion.

Making a few a game over the course of a few weeks sounds much more doable than making 10 a game for three straight games.

Who knows? And it’s one of the more obscure record watch entries we’ve had so far. But De Sousa has the stroke to do it. He just needs the opportunity.

• Kansas Basketball Record Watch 2018-19 •

- Senior guard Lagerald Vick

- Junior center Udoka Azubuike

- Junior forward Mitch Lightfoot

- Junior forward Dedric Lawson

- Sophomore guard Charlie Moore

- Freshman guard Quentin Grimes

- Freshman guard Devon Dotson

- Freshman forward David McCormack

Comments

Ryan Zimmerman 2 weeks ago

Is there not still a chance he doesn't play this season or is that all just dust in the wind...

Matt Tait 2 weeks ago

Never say never, but it seems like KU is comfortable with De Sousa's status and planning and preparing as if they'll have him for the entire season. For what it's worth, I think they're right to do so...

Doug Longstaff 2 weeks ago

Oh,Matt, those three dots at the end say so much! It says, "I know something I can't talk about with you folks yet."

So fun to read between the dots!

Matt Tait 2 weeks ago

Haha. In this case they don't... (Oops. Did it again). It's a bad habit that I have and can't break. I get why you read it that way, though. Sorry!

Craig Carson 2 weeks ago

I stand by my original stance..KU needs to hold him out..I dont think he himself is guilty of anything but if his guardian is, the NCAA could make KU vacate all the games he played in..I dont think its worth the risk of losing an entire season just for 1 player that you KNOW has issues that could effect his eligibility..I feel bad for him but Id rathe be able to watch the games and not have to think to myself "I wonder if these games are even gonna count"..hopefully the NCAA takes it easy on us and doesnt dole out that harsh of a punishment..or even better, nothing is proven at all...

Barry Weiss 2 weeks ago

as usual, we do not know what is going on with Silvio, and maybe we don't deserve to know, or the other investigations have not been completed. I get it that he was cleared to play at KU, but that was before this allegation of money going to his coach/father figure/friend/guardian.

Craig Carson 1 week, 6 days ago

ive been saying that same thing Barry..people act like Silvio is fully cleared and in no danger just because he was cleared months ago..as if the NCAA hasnt made teams retroactively vacate games even after the player has left the school..I understand why Self is going through the motions because you never know what judgement may or may not come..but I dont feel comfortable with KU playing him this season without knowing his REAL UPDATED status..id rather see him sit than KU risk losing wins later down the road..plus you know if he pays, his uncertain status will be an issue all year..the constant questions about him playing or sitting anytime we get an FBI update during the season..KU has too much depth and potential to vacate anything

Jon Francis 1 week, 3 days ago

Doesn't Calvin Thompson have the record for consecutive free throws made at 42?

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