KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Six Jayhawks scored in double figures Monday night against Oklahoma. That's expected when you score 104 points, which is what the Jayhawks did.
What wasn't expected was Silvio De Sousa doing what he did. The college freshman, who should still be a high school senior, scored a career-high 10 points to go along with a career-high in rebounds, assists, minutes, and just about everything else.
"Ever since I got here I'm just trying to build my confidence in my team and just do as much as I can to help them," said De Sousa.
He certainly helped them against Oklahoma.
"He's had a great attitude the whole time he's been here," said KU head coach Bill Self. "He's struggled, he's frustrated, the game's too fast for him. But tonight he was poised, he took his time on the post, it was like night and day."
The emergence of De Sousa could be key down the stretch for Kansas, a team that's been notoriously thin on front-court depth.
"Right now I see things a lot slower," said De Sousa. "I remember my first day when I got here I was seeing the ball move around and I didn't know what to do."
De Sousa, Self and the rest of the Jayhawks head to Lubbock this weekend for a game against fellow Big 12 leader Texas Tech, a contest that could decide the 2018 Big 12 title.