What Silvio De Sousa’s return means for Kansas

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May 28, 2019 - 10:15 AM

nament national semifinal on Saturday, March 31, 2018, at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. Allison Long/

LAWRENCE, Kan. — Kansas forward Silvio De Sousa has been cleared to play next season following an NCAA appeal, and understandably, KU supporters were excited about that news Friday afternoon.

It makes sense. De Sousa was seen by many as a victim of this whole situation, serving an NCAA penalty when it was likely he didn’t know about the misdeeds going on around him. In essence, De Sousa became a cause to fight for, and the fact that he remained in good spirits on the bench during his yearlong suspension only further elevated his status as a fan favorite.

So the celebration among KU followers was a natural response. Yet, step away from the emotion, and it’s fair to ask how much De Sousa’s return actually helps KU for the 2019-20 season.

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