De Sousa declares for NBA Draft after appeal

Kansas' Silvio De Sousa celebrates by cutting down the net after defeating Duke in a regional final game in the NCAA men's college basketball tournament Sunday, March 25, 2018, in Omaha, Neb. Kansas won 85-81 in overtime. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
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(WIBW) -- One day after the University of Kansas submitted an appeal on his behalf, sophomore forward Silvio De Sousa has decided to declare for the NBA Draft.

De Sousa was suspended by the NCAA on Feb. 1 for the rest of 2018-2019 and for all of the 2019-2020 season for allegedly receiving improper benefits during his recruitment to KU. The university filed an appeal to overturn the organization's ruling on Thursday.

According to multiple outlets, De Sousa told his attorney, Scott Tompsett, he would return to KU if his appeal is granted. If the appeal is rejected, he will turn pro.

De Sousa has until May 29 to withdraw from the draft and return to college. According to Tompsett, a decision on the appeal could be made next week by the reinstatement committee. Its decision is final.

Head coach Bill Self said at the team's after season banquet on Tuesday that he thinks "it may be in (De Sousa's) best interest to declare."

“If we don’t know where this is it buys another month for him to get a chance to try out for some folks and see what happens," Self said. "The reality of it is, is he needs another year of college to definitely create the most earning power he could possibly have. Right now he doesn’t have that much."

The NCAA's stated their decision in February was made "because (De Sousa's) guardian received payment from a university booster and agent and agreed to receive additional funds from the same person."

In a statement following Thursday's appeal, Kansas said it was challenging the penalty De Sousa received for "alleged violations that he was unaware of and from which he did not benefit."

The school then added it would not comment further until the appeal process was finished.

De Sousa did not play in a single game last season but appeared in 20 games during the 2017-18 season which saw the Jayhawks reach the Final Four.