KU submits appeal on De Sousa ruling

LAWRENCE (WIBW) - Kansas has formally submitted its appeal on behalf of Silvio De Sousa, the university announced on Thursday.

Kansas forward Silvio De Sousa, right before an NCAA college basketball game against Kansas State in Manhattan, Kan., Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

KU's athletic department put out a statement defending De Sousa and saying it will not be commenting any further on the situation.

"The University of Kansas today submitted its formal appeal on behalf of men's basketball student-athlete Silvio De Sousa, challenging the two-season penalty De Sousa received from the NCAA for alleged violations that he was unaware of and from which he did not benefit," the statement read. "The University will have no further comment on the appeal until the process is complete."

Back in February, the NCAA suspended De Sousa for the remainder of the 2018-19 season as well as all of the 2019-20 campaign due to the forward allegedly receiving improper benefits during recruiting.

The NCAA's statement then cited a $2,500 payment to De Sousa's guardian from an agent and booster of the school as well as the guardian's agreement to accept an additional payment of $20,000 from the same individual and an Adidas employee to secure De Sousa's enrollment at Kansas.

De Sousa's case will now be handled by the NCAA's Infractions Appeals Committee. It is a separate group of individuals from the one that handed down the Jayhawk forward's suspension.

The timeline for a ruling, per the NCAA's guidelines, could take anywhere from one to three weeks. That depends on which classification the appeal falls under.

Now, De Sousa has until Sunday night to decide if he will declare for the NBA Draft. On Tuesday night at KU's end-of-the-year banquet, head coach Bill Self supported a declaration for him to get De Sousa in front of some people in workouts. However, he did add it would help De Sousa to return since he hasn't gotten much playing time in college to increase his potential earning power.

In two seasons at Kansas, De Sousa has played 20 games while sitting out his sophomore year. He's averaged 4.0 points and 3.7 rebounds per game for his career.