Who is Silvio De Sousa?
De Sousa is a 6-foot-9 forward from Angola who first played for the Jayhawks last season. A highly touted four-star recruit, he graduated from high school early and joined Kansas for the second half of the season to boost a thin frontcourt. He broke out in Kansas' Big 12 tournament championship win, scoring a career-high 16 points on 8-of-8 shooting against West Virginia. He saw major minutes in the Elite Eight and Final Four and was expected to be key contributor for the Jayhawks this season.
Why hasn't he played?
De Sousa's name was at the center of last year's federal trials stemming from the FBI's investigation into corruption in college basketball. Former AAU coach and Adidas consultant T.J. Gassnola testified that he helped arrange payments to De Sousa's guardian in exchange for De Sousa's commitment to Kansas — Adidas' flagship NCAA partner. There was no indication that De Sousa himself had any knowledge of payments. Still, Kansas elected to sit the star forward before the season and allow the NCAA to review his eligibility. De Sousa still hasn't played, nor has the NCAA ruled on the case.