The NCAA Division I student-athlete reinstatement committee ruled that the NCAA’s previous penalty for University of Kansas forward Silvio De Sousa was excessive and has declared him eligible for the upcoming 2019-20 season. De Sousa has faced delays in eligibility ever since he started at Kansas. He has two years of eligibility remaining.
De Sousa was ruled ineligible by the NCAA in February for the remainder of the 2018-19 season and for all of the 2019-20 season for a violation of NCAA rules. The NCAA said that De Sousa’s guardian received $2,500 from a person the organization decided was a booster of the university and agreed to an additional $20,000 payment. The person reportedly responsible for the payment was an Adidas employee.
De Sousa previously declared for the 2019 NBA Draft in case his appeal to the NCAA was denied. He said from the time he entered his name into the draft that he wanted to return to Kansas if his eligibility for the upcoming season was restored.
With De Sousa’s reinstatement, the Jayhawks will have both he and Udoka Azubuike in the starting lineup this fall. At one point it looked like neither would be on the team. The Jayhawks got a lot better today.
De Sousa’s current and former teammates were excited about the decision.