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Silvio De Sousa wins appeal, is now eligible to play at KU next season

Jayhawks fans are rejoicing heading into Memorial Day Weekend after it was announced that Silvio De Sousa will be back playing at KU during the 2019-20 season.

De Sousa was suspended by the NCAA for two seasons back in February stemming from his guardian’s role in accepting money from a former Adidas executive who later was determined to be a KU booster.


De Sousa’s case was heard on Friday morning and ended with a win. He said in a statement, “I’m so excited to be able to come back to Kansas to play and to continue my education. It’s an amazing feeling. I want to thank the NCAA committee for the opportunity to do what I really want to do. All those days and nights wondering what would happen, this makes it all worth it. I also want to thank everyone at Kansas for working so hard to make sure I can follow my dream. Jayhawk Nation, I can’t thank you all enough for the unconditional support and for sticking around throughout this. I tried to turn the year off into a blessing. I got to work on my game and my academics, and now I’m going to make the most of this opportunity.”

The NCAA’s statement read, “Kansas men’s basketball student-athlete Silvio De Sousa is eligible to play the upcoming season after sitting the 2018-19 season due to NCAA rule violations. Kansas appealed the NCAA staff decision of a two-season withholding to the Division I Student-Athlete Reinstatement committee, which determined additional relief was appropriate.”

De Sousa declared for the 2019 NBA Draft on April 19, but said he wanted to return to KU and would plan to do so if he won his appeal.

He was expected to have a breakout sophomore campaign in 2018-19, but he never ended up playing. During De Sousa’s freshman season, he appeared in 20 games and averaged 4 points and 3.7 rebounds, but the numbers jumped to 7 points per game and 7 rebounds in 15 minutes per game during the postseason.

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