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Kansas Jayhawks Basketball: Silvio de Sousa cleared

The big man will be in uniform and available Saturday morning vs K-State.

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After a number of frustrating teases, Silvio de Sousa has been cleared to play for the Kansas Jayhawks. The 6'9, 240 pound big man was supposed to be part of the 2018 class, but announced in November he would graduate early from IMG Academy in Florida, and attempt to become eligible at semester.

It seemed like a long shot, but with depth already surfacing as a major issue for this year's team, it was a welcome bit of hope for fans.

De Sousa came to Lawrence over winter break, and has spent the last two weeks waiting for word from the NCAA that he could suit up. That word finally came Saturday morning, just over 12 hours after fans were disappointed to hear nothing at 5 PM Friday afternoon, when Self had previously alluded that he might have more information.

Self has already said he has no problem throwing de Sousa into the fray immediately, and that he's been very impressed with his work ethic and willingness to learn in his short time at Kansas. Fans may very well see him in Saturday morning's game against Kansas State, if only for short periods of time.

Still no word on star freshman Billy Preston, and it sounds like there may not be any time soon.