Kansas adds five-star freshman forward Silvio De Sousa to roster

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Kansas could be getting frontcourt help in the immediate future.

Talented five-star freshman Silvio De Sousa has been added the Jayhawks’ roster and will begin practicing with the team on Dec. 26th, according to a release from the school. Regarded as the No. 18 overall prospect in the Rivals national Class of 2018 rankings, the 6-foot-9 De Sousa is a high-motor forward who can crash the glass and provide athleticism.

Since Kansas is so thin up front, even if De Sousa can play 10 to 15 quality minutes a game, it would be a huge boost. Udoka Azubuike has been the only Jayhawks big man playing heavy minutes this season. If De Sousa can be more than a role player, than a talented Jayhawk team gets another piece to a team with deep NCAA tournament aspirations.

“Silvio has completed the required coursework that will enable him to graduate from IMG Academy and report to KU,” Kansas head coach Bill Self said in the release. “He is eligible to practice immediately and will join our team December 26th. We are now working through the NCAA’s amateurism process and hope to have him certified as soon as possible for game competition.”

Kansas opens the Big 12 season on Dec. 29th with a road game at Texas.