NCAA reverses decision, reinstates Silvio De Sousa as KU wins appeal

FILE - In this March 25, 2018, file photo, 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, in Omaha, Neb. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

LAWRENCE, Kan. (WIBW) - Following a year-long absence and lengthy appeal process, Silvio De Sousa will finally get to return to the basketball court for Kansas.

The NCAA announced it has reinstated the Jayhawk forward on Friday. This follows an appeal filed by KU after the NCAA initially ruled De Sousa ineligible for all of last season and this upcoming one.

"Kansas men's basketball student-athlete Silvio De Sousa is eligible to play the upcoming season after sitting the 2018-19 season due to NCAA rules violations," the NCAA said in a statement. "Kansas appealed the NCAA staff decision of a two-season withholding to the Division I Student-Athlete Reinstatement Committee, which determined additional relief was appropriate."

De Sousa himself tweeted some excited thanks shortly before the announcement came down on Twitter.

Back in February, when the organization announced De Sousa's suspension, the NCAA's 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.

His return will help bolster a frontcourt that already has Udoka Azubuike, Mitch Lightfoot, David McCormack and incoming Tristan Enaruna. 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.