Silvio De Sousa's lawyer: NCAA should 'immediately reinstate' KU sophomore

Kansas forward Silvio De Sousa shoots during a practice session for the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament, Friday, March 30, 2018, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

(WIBW) - In a statement released on Thursday, Silvio De Sousa's attorney argued the Kansas sophomore should be "immediately reinstated" by the NCAA.

"I represent University of Kansas men's basketball student-athlete SIlvio De Sousa," Scott Tompsett, a Kansas City-based lawyer specializing in collegiate sports law, said. "Silvio has cooperated fully and completely with the investigation of his NCAA eligibility, which has now caused him to miss over half of his sophomore season.

"Silvio came to the United States from Angola at the age of 15, and he did everything he was supposed to do and was asked to do to become an eligible student-athlete at the University of Kansas. Silvio followed the rules. He did nothing wrong.

"If adults did something illicit or against the rules, they did it without Silvio's knowledge or involvement, Their actions and conduct can be dealt with through the courts and/or the NCAA major infractions process.

"It's time for the NCAA to be fair to Silvio and immediately reinstate his eligibility."

At Bill Self's weekly media availability, which took place at noon on Thursday, the head coach said he had no update on De Sousa's situation.

Later Thursday, Kansas athletics director Jeff Long released a statement on De Sousa.

"The University of Kansas continues to work with the NCAA staff to resolve issues concerning Silvio’s eligibility," Long said. "The process is ongoing and we will continue to work closely with the NCAA staff. Our commitment to integrity and to the process is unwavering.

"While the past several months have been difficult for this young man, Silvio continues to work hard in the classroom and in practice and he has been an exemplary teammate. His patience and cooperation throughout this process have been admirable and we look forward to a resolution.”

The Kansas City Star and The Athletic have reported Kansas declared De Sousa ineligible for this season, formally asking for his reinstatement. He has been withheld from all 17 of the Jayhawks' games, as well as exhibition play, due to what KU called an eligibility review back on Oct. 24.

The sophomore forward was mentioned during testimonies for an Adidas trial this past fall. T.J. Gassnola, a self-described former recruitment facilitator, testified to providing $2,500 to De Sousa's guardian, Fenny Falmagne, so he could take online classes to graduate early from IMG Academy and attend Kansas.

Gassnola also testified to Falmagne needing a five-figure payment to get De Sousa out of a deal where he would have attended the University of Maryland.

Falmagne has publicly denied taking payments in the past.