African Post Pipeline



  • Going to call this a thing now. What a get.





  • That happened fast. Leaves me with so many questions.

    What is his and Dotson’s relationship?

    Can he graduate at semester and come early? I guess if he was a 4 year player than he wouldn’t be eligible that last semester. I’m sure there is a way to work around that though.

    He plays AAU with Emmitt Williams, wonder if that could help us out?

    Wonder what McCormack thinks? Could bill sell them on just being the biggest nastiest front court ever next season, especially if Doke comes back? Can we land all 3 and still get Doke or Preston back? (Williams,De Sousa and McCormack?

    Is he actually 6’9? Draftexpress shows he was 6’7 w/o shoes in 2015 and 6’9 in shoes in 2016. 6’9 wingspan which isn’t out of the ordinary.

    Is he actually 256 lbs or is he 220 lbs? Draftexpress shows he gained 30 lbs in a year. I hope he is 256. Means he has a college body already. He looks like he has a college body already in the videos. Also means he is a worker.

    Overall, I’m excited by the signing. Solid player, but his additional possible connections makes him all the more exciting.



  • @Kcmatt7 are u excited? I heard someone compare him to TRob.



  • @Crimsonorblue22 I’m excited for what this class can turn out to be now. We almost never land this big of a recruit this early. Mostly, I’m excited he’s committed this early because it means Self can contact him this offseason, Hudy can give him workouts and that he will be on campus the first day he can be. And because it didn’t look like we were doing well with post recruits on the surface.



  • It was huge to get a solid post commit. Needed one badly and didn’t appear well positioned for ANY until about a week ago with the staff picking up with McCormack and then obviously this commitment.



  • Wow what a get. Could this be the beginning of something big?



  • https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=angola+u19

    Full games of this kid playing for Angola are available on ye old Youtube.



  • http://www.fiba.basketball/world/u19/2017/Angola

    Over 7 games De Sousa was averaging 17pts and 13 rebs a game. Appears to be their only good player which I suppose isn’t too surprising. He dragged them kicking and screaming to a win against South Korea. Also 68% on fts which is pretty damn good all things considered. He at least can shoot it some and could improve.



  • I wonder if he’s related to that baseball player Sammy Sousa?



  • this is how we do it…



  • @wissox He is actually related to Jon Phillip Sousa, so him and Billy Preston will lead us to a melody of wins.



  • @wissox Or maybe John Philip Sousa?



  • @KUSTEVE Jinx.



  • @HighEliteMajor Yes, him too.



  • Just read the article on kusports. There are a lot of fantastic quotes from this kid. Sounds articulate, confident, humble and family oriented. That’s a great mix to add to his apparent tenacity on the court. This is really wonderful news.



  • Despite my poor attempt at humor I am excited about this kid coming to the Naismith Court next year.



  • KUSTEVE said:

    @wissox He is actually related to Jon Phillip Sousa, so him and Billy Preston will lead us to a melody of wins.

    Perhaps conduct the team to march into April for a second straight year.



  • @joeloveshawks like BIFM



  • @mayjay That too.



  • @wissox Maybe your humerus bone was the culprit.



  • :+1:



  • Wow! How valuable is an open scholarship when recruiting?



  • I’m going to go out on a limb here, and say that this kid is good. Really good. Lightfoot good.

    I know. For shame. I do love me some Lightfoot!



  • African post pipeline. “… following in the footsteps of Cheick Diallo …”

    Not the African we’re thinking of, I bet.



  • HighEliteMajor said:

    African post pipeline. “… following in the footsteps of Cheick Diallo …”

    Not the African we’re thinking of, I bet.

    Embiid and Doke. Well, Cheick was part of it too of course even if he didn’t really play at KU. So 4 in 6 classes.



  • Moulaye Niang!

    He really cracked it open for us!!!





  • @BShark Hope he plays like the OAD he thinks he’s going to be.



  • @approxinfinity I don’t believe our open schollie has anything to do with Silvio committing to Kansas. We will have lots of open scholarships available next year. Sure glad to have him, and hope it opens the door to several more top recruits to follow. (Dotson or Quickley, Grimes, Z. Williamson, etc.



  • You guys are right. I was way off. For some reason I was thinking that Jacobs was a 2018 commit and forgot we have 2 senior schollies. Clay isn’t on scholarship right? Whew. Gotta get my head back in bball mode!



  • Like JoJo and Diallo, the NCAA will find some reason to disrupt his pt. He will likely go through some bogus eligibility check.

    Who wants to bet? Regardless of his legitimate record, they will find some lame reason.



  • So: how tall is de Sousa?

    Is he considered a 5 star, or an OAD?

    Has Self finally broken through and signed an OAD 5?



  • truehawk93 said:

    Like JoJo and Diallo, the NCAA will find some reason to disrupt his pt. He will likely go through some bogus eligibility check.

    Who wants to bet? Regardless of his legitimate record, they will find some lame reason.

    I don’t remember that with Embiid and everyone knew that the Diallo situation would be a mess, it was well documented and a big reason Cal didn’t make a harder push. Silvio has been at IMG and was at Montverde before that. Legitimate schools and also solid coaching at the HS level.



  • @BShark Yep! This was started with Joel Embiid! Followed by Cheick, Udoka and now Silvio. I expect this kid will unpack his bags at KU the way Josh did last season. If he does…watch the frak out. Ive never seen him play but from this video he looks like a beast to me.



  • @jaybate-1-0 Nope. He’s a power forward. He’s also African, not American. Until we sign a good old fashioned American 5-star center, your embargo theory remains difficult to refute.



  • @HighEliteMajor

    Hope dashed💀

    🖖



  • @HighEliteMajor Practically every one of Louisville’s bigs have been African. Louisville is another Adidas school.



  • @KUSTEVE

    adidas = soccer and track in Europe, Africa and Latin America

    If adidas were to have EVER let Nike in that action in a big way, Nike would probably not have played rough in North American basketball, or so it appears in retrospect.


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