DeSousa



  • Self says realistic best-case scenario for Silvio De Sousa joining team, if all goes through, would be for Big 12 opener vs. Texas.

    Coming straight out of high school, not knowing the offense, not knowing when to help or switch on defense. Will he be helpful or in the way disrupting the flow of the game?



  • At this point just having another body to call upon would be nice.



  • @DoubleDD bingo. We need depth, defense and rebounding. If Silvio can provide that, then we good fam.



  • Diallo only missed 5 games and could never really seem to get it going and has been around the program all semester. Wouldn’t have high hopes for Silvio. We all know Self has a short leash for blown defensive assignments. On the other hand, maybe 3-5 min a game is all Doke will need.



  • @Blown Cheick is a completely different player than Silvio. When I watch Silvio, what I see is someone who is under control and has good basketball iq. C heick on the other hand, well let’s just say he’s still figuring things out in the nba.



  • Wasn’t his comments more geared to when he’d be available to play as opposed to when he’d join the team and start practicing?

    It sounds like he’ll be with the team earlier then the Texas game if all goes well with paperwork etc.

    @3genhawk

    It’s a good question to ask. Listening to Self’s comments yesterday about the offense it seems the 4-1 is here to stay with this group no matter who’s eligible to play. He notices that playing 2 big’s is not as good as playing his 4 guards. If that’s true then the impact that Silvio will be asked to provide is going to be minimal. If Lightfoot, potentially Preston & Silvio are backups to Doke then we may never see Silvio in meaningful minutes the whole season.

    Self will have greater lineup flexibility to go bigger if needed. That could be useful in situations where we face teams that can punish us for playing 4 guards. If he’s good enough he’ll find a way into the rotation and certainly his reputation would seem to support that he’s talented enough to do so. If not he’s a useful practice body, a useful player to put in at end of game situations where KU has the lead and wants to rest its starters.



  • If Billy isn’t able to go, which at this point seems to be the case we will without question need another big. We have already seen a 6’5 walk on forced to play at the 5, but that doesn’t work against a decent team. Mitch has looked good the last few games but asking him to stay outta foul trouble against good bigs will be a very tall order.



  • @kjayhawks “tall order” 😆



  • Silvio will be another great body to practice against, he may be able to earn some minutes by the end of the season. But if not he could redshirt to maintain his eligibility and have 6 months of practice under his belt before his debut. I hate how thin we are in the post, but if Preston comes back Silvio becomes a luxury.

    This season KU needs more guard depth as much as anything. Cunliff giving the guys a breather sure will help. In Svi’s best game he was horribly winded for a 5-8 minute stretch and it would’ve been nice to put his dragging butt on the bench. A good team could’ve taken advantage on d while KUs over tired.



  • @Blown

    I don’t believe we can compare Diallo and DeSouza. Diallo had very little experience playing basketball and a very lo basketball IQ; his athleticism was way above average but it could not compensate for the other shortcomings. Diallo was mostly about future potential and a less so on current, tangible skills. DeSouza has been playing longer and has a lot more experience having played for his National Team and has shown he has usable skill available now. I am confident he will catch on relatively quickly.



  • Silvio definitely knows how to play ball.

    @dylans Redshirting him only makes sense if he plans to exhaust his eligibility. I don’t see that being the case.



  • It is just too hard to say what impact Silvio will have.

    His contribution could show obvious from Day 1. Or maybe we don’t see a huge benefit until later.

    He may contribute in every game, or just in a few games where we need more post help.

    We should definitely view him as help because we need more post people. He will surely help us in practices, too!

    His impact will also relate to if we get Billy back.

    I look at Silvio as an insurance policy!



  • Whether Silvio can step on the court and ball? Isn’t really the important issue. It’s a body to at the very least steal a few minutes. I’m afraid Coach doesn’t have the luxury of bringing this kid along slowly. I would also point there is a reason Silvio is reclassifying so he can play this year.

    It wouldn’t make sense to reclassify to this year and then take a red shirt?

    I’m pretty sure Coach more than likely wants him too reclassify.

    Something to think about.



  • @DoubleDD self has already said he would be an immediate impact. His words not mine



  • @DoubleDD

    Part of the reason he’s trying to enroll early is the fact that De Sousa will have completed 8 semesters of HS by end of the December so he can’t play for IMG anyway. He’d have to sit until the fall to play again and it sounds like he doesn’t want to do that if he can join early. It sounds like they don’t expect him to be here 4 years so Silvio isn’t worried about losing the half semester he would forfeit. If he doesn’t play this season much for whatever reason he certainly has a leg up towards next season.



  • BeddieKU23 said:

    @DoubleDD

    Part of the reason he’s trying to enroll early is the fact that De Sousa will have completed 8 semesters of HS by end of the December so he can’t play for IMG anyway. He’d have to sit until the fall to play again and it sounds like he doesn’t want to do that if he can join early. It sounds like they don’t expect him to be here 4 years so Silvio isn’t worried about losing the half semester he would forfeit. If he doesn’t play this season much for whatever reason he certainly has a leg up towards next season.

    Yeah when you read the quotes from his guardian, there is no way he is sticking around to graduate. On the bright side he also isn’t really planning to be OAD either.

    I’d lean towards 2 (so 1 and a half I guess) years. It would make a lot of sense given 2019 recruits KU wants to take in and guys that should still be on the roster for sure like McCormack. A JR season wouldn’t shock me though.



  • @BeddieKU23 that’s pretty much how I see it. I just throw out the extremely unlikely possibility of a redshirt in the event that Preston comes back, the 4-1 is the mainstay, and Silvio isn’t ready yet. I expect he will play catch-up most of the season surpassing Lightfoot 1/2- 2/3 the way thru the conference season. If he’s not going to be here for four years no sense in saving eligibility, but Svi was a 2ad supposedly and Rush was a oad- you never fully know how it’s going to turn out developmentally or injury wise.



  • @dylans

    Definitely, I think the sweet spot for Silvio would be expecting a Jr year out of him. But he’s already 19 and has a mature physically ready body so its going to be all about development and playing time for him before he leaves. He can make jumpers and is an above average athlete (I’m probably selling that aspect short) so we are talking about someone who can play the modern day 4 position (maybe similar to how Perry Ellis was roaming his Sr year). I think he could definitely play the 5 here as well as he rebounds and does defend the rim.

    We might not have the same kind of firepower to run a 4-1 next season. Next years squad looks to be a real wildcard right now



  • @BeddieKU23 lots of big man talent next year. It’ll be way different than this season. The post would be crazy deep if Dok comes back.



  • If Preston comes back for his SO year I will delete my account. 😂



  • @BShark I’m just hoping for one (half) season…



  • Just read from another site, and hoping someone here has either also heard this or read this, hoping someone can confirm.

    Read where the walk on from the football team James Sosinski is now with the team and is practicing with the team. - - 6’7 - -260.- He has played basketball before , posted pretty decent numbers in Juco 19.2 ppg and 12.6 rpg - -again we really don’t need huge numbers from him if this is the case - would just be good to have a bigger body that could help with some spot minutes during foul troubled situations. - -Has anyone else heard anything of this? - -ROCK CHALK ALL DAY LONG BABY



  • BShark said:

    If Preston comes back for his SO year I will delete my account. 😂

    You can breathe easy my friend - -Preston won’t be back at KU for his soph season - - So let it be Written - -So let it be done - - ROCK CHALK ALL DAY LONG BABY



  • @jayballer54 if true that’s good news!



  • @3genhawk

    Guesstimate Defense: He will be third back up and they will play junk zone, when he is in.

    Guesstimate offense: use him to set ball screens to get him out of the way on offense. Otherwise he just camps backside and tries for rebounds.



  • @jayballer54

    Awesome if true. And keep him next season. Never enough 260 pounders inside.



  • @jayballer54

    Classic exchange the both of you!



  • Sosinski will be crucial against Krzyzewski (/ʃɪˈʒɛfski/ shih-ZHEF-skee).

    He gives us a good match-up in consonants.

    He will also keep all the biased, Eastern SPorts Network broadcasters tongue tied whenever he runs by and talks trash to Krzyzewski (/ʃɪˈʒɛfski/ shih-ZHEF-skee).

    Rkck Chlhckski



  • One more thing I like about Sosinski—the first three letters of his last name: SOS.

    Self sent out an SOS inside and the big guy responded like an absolute Jayhawk!!!



  • Last add: gotta see Doke and SOS on the floor together. Serious ball screening!!!



  • @jaybate-1-0 Rkck Chlhckski Classic! We need more Polish players I think.



  • @3genhawk at least the season opener is against Texas. Right now their bigs are a bunch of Knuckleheads as well.



  • Well like I posted earlier, per rumor about Sosinski - -haven’t heard anymore, haven’t had anyone confirm it- - so - -I don’t know if he is with the team or not. - -They haven’t mentioned it any on any of the pre game yet so I don’t know. - -ROCK CHALK ALL DAY LONG BABY



  • @jayballer54 I don’t think Coach would be keeping it a secret if Sosinski were being considered. My feeling is we will roll with what we have and hope De Sousa and Preston joins the team shortly. If one or both do not work out, then he would be a huge need. However it works out, any of those three would take some time to mesh with the team. Hoping for the best outcome.



  • CRH107 said:

    @jayballer54 nailed it.

    From Jesse Newell:

    “As far as Silvio De Sousa goes, his potential early enrollment at KU appears to have hit a speed bump this week. De Sousa will need a better score on a standardized test Saturday to be eligible to join KU this month.”

    Not the news, I was hoping to receive.



  • Should we call in a chit from Cal and have him not know about a Memphis alum arranging a surrogate test taker for de Sousa to help get de Sousa eligible for KU?

    Just joking!!!

    Really!



  • Today was a big day for De Sousa and Solinski. If De Sousa passes the test and can play later this month, Solinski probably won’t be needed.



  • Just read today that DeSousa has to do better on his standardized test. Not a sure thing.



  • So when do you think KU will know the results of his tests?



  • @Gorilla72 what is the exact test he took?



  • As I understand it, it’s not the SAT or ACT, but a test to correlate his high school grades. Apparently to verify he learned what he was supposed to overseas. Something of a sliding scale -good grades mean a lower score is acceptable and vice-versa. I’ve not seen the name of the test mentioned in any article or post.



  • It’s either the SAT or ACT. Have to have one, coupled with your GPA, to be a full qualifier to play NCAA sports.



  • @FarmerJayhawk how quickly do they inform you of the results?



  • @FarmerJayhawk, I don’t believe the ACT or SAT were offers either weekend. Per TOS.



  • Those are the only 2 the NCAA accepts. It’s usually a couple weeks last I knew. But I haven’t brushed up in quite awhile. It may be faster now.



  • Regarding the test, the Topeka CJ refers to it as a “standardized test”. He’s taken it once and apparently he didn’t score well. Hence, he’s taking it again. I dunno, but don’t think it’s the SAT or ACT. ??? http://cjonline.com/sports/hawkzone/2017-11-09/ku-basketball-commit-silvio-de-sousa-seeking-ncaa-approval-play-year



  • FarmerJayhawk said:

    Those are the only 2 the NCAA accepts. It’s usually a couple weeks last I knew. But I haven’t brushed up in quite awhile. It may be faster now.

    2 weeks seems too optimistic- wonder if he puts KU down to receive the score or if he can put the NCAA down to receive it directly?



  • @Bwag both have institution codes you can put down when you sign up for the test where they’ll get the score when the student does.



  • What we know so far. DeSousa, because of when he started school in his native country, is eligible to apply for admission to KU. The school has rules for admission but also has a wide latitude to override said rules and admit the candidate on a hardship basis. No problem there.

    DeSousa needs to cleared by the NCAA to play sports at KU and it has fairly strict rules and, as I understand, very little leeway. DeSousa took one of the required tests (name is not important) and apparently did not score high enough to qualify, whether it was to validate grades or show college aptitude is again, irrelevant. The bottom line is he apparently did nor score high enough. Problem here.

    DeSousa took the test again with the hope the second time around he will score higher and qualify and it will take at least a couple of weeks to know the results. Based on the test results he will either come to KU and be eligible to join the team and play, come to KU and not be eligible to play and just get a head start on academics and, if allowed, practice with the team or just stay at his prep school the rest of the academic year.

    I am not sure if KU/NCAA can request an expedited release of the test score, but until such time when the results are available, there is really nothing anyone can do or speculate on DeSousa’s situation.



  • @JayHawkFanToo

    I believe De Sousa took either the ACT or SAT test… whichever one is the basic admittance exam for KU. His score was just below qualifying. I don’t think the admissions bar on this is set by the NCAA. I just think it is the standards set by the Kansas Board of Regents for admission into KU.

    I could be wrong… but if this is the case, good chance De Sousa fulfills his admittance requirements on round 2!


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