The NCAA has ruled Kansas forward Silvio De Sousa eligible after he filed yet another appeal to the organization. He will be allowed to play for the Jayhawks in the 2019-2020 season which is a major win for the program that has suffered a tough offseason.
Kansas men’s basketball student-athlete Silvio De Sousa is eligible to play the upcoming season. pic.twitter.com/hIjzSIRpn6
— Inside the NCAA (@InsidetheNCAA) May 24, 2019
The appeal contested a ruling that decided the forward would have to serve a two-year suspension before he could be eligible to play for the Jayhawks again. The ruling was viewed as fairly harsh by Kansas head coach Bill Self and the rest of the Jayhawk athletic department. The original suspension steemed from the forward’s guardian accepting payment from someone that was deemed an agent or booster by the NCAA.
Jayhawk Nation, can’t thank you all enough for the unconditional support & for sticking around throughout this ???? pic.twitter.com/999mAoXbP8
— SD2TWO (@SilvioDeSousa5) May 24, 2019
The Kansas Jayhawk forward declared for the 2019 NBA Draft and was likely to stay in despite not being high up on any draft boards. This ruling will make it extremely likely he returns to college basketball. This is great news for a program that suffered it’s worst year in a long time this previous season.
This ruling makes the Jayhawk’s frontcourt far more competitive and could help the team recruiting the final five-star recruit in the class of 2019. R.J. Hampton is considered a favorite to land with the Kansas Jayhawks and more talented with the team could help convince him to play his likely lone year in Lawrence, Kansas. The offseason looked like a serious disaster for Kansas, but this news along with other things could be a serious turnaround for the team this offseason.