Silvio De Sousa happy to be eligible, back with Jayhawks

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Posted at 10:22 PM, Jun 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-05 23:33:17-04

TOPEKA, Kan. — Working kids' basketball camps in Kansas outposts isn't always the most appealing way for KU basketball players to spend the summers, but for Silvio De Sousa it's perfect.

"I'm just happy to be back," De Sousa said Wednesday in Topeka at Brett Ballard's Washburn basketball camp.

De Sousa's eligibility was reinstated last month by an appeals panel after the NCAA suspended him through the 2019-20 season.

De Sousa lost a year of college basketball but he never lost his faith.

"Since day one, I knew I didn't do anything and I was innocent," De Sousa said. "So, I was pretty much just kind of relaxed and the truth always shows up and it finally did."

De Sousa entered the NBA Draft following the season but immediately withdrew his name once he regained eligibility.

"I was just happy," De Sousa said. "I was expecting that from the NCAA, but I was happy. I just got to talk to my family about it and get everything off my shoulders."

De Sousa said he's eager to compete with sophomore David McCormack for the starting spot at KU's power forward position.