KU to withhold De Sousa from games pending eligibility review

FILE - In this March 25, 2018, file photo, Kansas' Silvio De Sousa reaches for a rebound during the first half of a regional final game against Duke in the NCAA men's college basketball tournament, in Omaha, Neb. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

(WIBW) - Kansas basketball announced on Wednesday that it will withhold sophomore forward SIlvio De Sousa from competition pending the results of an eligibility review. He will not participate in Thursday's exhibition contest against Emporia State.

De Sousa has been a figure in the FBI's investigation into college basketball. During the trial looking into wire fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud charges against former Adidas executives, multiple outlets reported prosecutors said De Sousa's family was offered payments to steer him towards committing to Kansas.

"Information was presented during the current trial in New York - some of which we knew, some of which we didn't," KU head coach Bill Self said in a statement. "We have decided to withhold Silvio from competition until we can evaluate and understand the new information. We have already discussed trial developments with the NCAA and will continue to work with NCAA staff moving forward."

According to the Associated Press, the trial revealed text messages between Self and former Adidas consultant T.J. Gassnola. Those texts were said to show Gassnola telling Self he was in touch with De Sousa's guardian.

The AP also reports attorney Michael Schachter told jurors Self knew of payments made to De Sousa's guardian and requested them.

Gassnola has also previously claimed $2,500 was sent to the guardian of De Sousa.

According to a Yahoo! Sports' report from the trial, Gassnola said there could have been another $20,000 paid to De Sousa's guardian because they had allegedly taken $60,000 from a booster for Maryland and "needed to pay back some money in order to sign with Kansas."

Gassnola reportedly denied sending the amount because he believed the Maryland booster wouldn't rescind the bribe.

Verdicts for former Adidas employees Jim Gatto, Merl Code and Christian Dawkins have not been passed down yet. The trial is ongoing.

De Sousa averaged 4 points and 3.7 rebounds in 20 games as a freshman last season. He joined KU in December 2017 after graduating in three-and-a-half years from IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla.