The Kansas Jayhawks are one of the multiple teams included in the FBI’s ongoing investigation into college basketball, and it appears this will have an immediate impact on the teams future. Aside from the potential of having to vacate wins including last season’s tournament run and conference championship, the Jayhawks may now be losing former 4-star recruit Silvio De Sousa for the upcoming season due to recent findings in articles released from the investigation.
De Sousa appeared in 20 games for the Jayhawks coming off of the bench and averaging 4 pts and just under 4 rebounds per game. However, recent findings show that after an unnamed player committed to play for Kansas on August 30, 2017, Adidas executive Jim Gatto would have to pay said player’s legal guardian a sum of $20,000 to help “get out from under” a deal with another school sponsored by an Adidas rival.
De Sousa was the only recorded player to commit to Kansas on that date which puts forth clear implications that he could be the player involved in this transaction. While he himself is not on trial, the outcome of an ongoing federal trial in New York could deem him ineligible to play this season for Kansas.
With De Sousa’s future still in question, the Jayhawks have their first exhibition game scheduled for October 25 and will be kicking off their regular season on November 6 against Michigan State.