forward has been ruled ineligible for the remainder of the season, as well as the entire 2019-20 season, the NCAA in a statement Friday.
The decision comes after De Sousa’s guardian accepted a payment of $2,500 from a Kansas booster. The guardian was also in agreement to receive an additional $20,000 from the aforementioned booster and an Adidas employee after De Sousa officially enrolled with the Jayhawks.
Kansas head coach Bill Self responded to the NCAA’s decision:
“In my 30-plus years of coaching college basketball, I have never witnessed such a mean-spirited and vindictive punishment against a young man who did nothing wrong,” Self said in a. “To take away his opportunity to play college basketball is shameful and a failure of the NCAA. Silvio is a tremendous young man who absolutely deserves to be on the court with his teammates. This process took way too long to address these issues. We will support Silvio as he considers his options.”
The ruling is intended to punish De Sousa for the actions of the third parties decision, placing fault on the 20-year-old despite his lack of knowledge in regards to the exchange of funds.
“When a prospective student-athlete allows a third party to involve himself in the recruitment process, the prospective student-athlete is then responsible for the actions of that person, regardless of whether the prospective student-athlete had knowledge or if benefits were received,” the NCAA added.
De Sousa appeared in 20 games as a freshman for Kansas in 2017-18, averaging four points and 3.7 rebounds in 8.8 minutes per game.
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