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Power forward who committed to Kansas for 2018 wants to play this December

Gary Bedore, The Kansas City Star on

Published in Basketball

There's a chance blue-chip IMG Academy power forward Silvio De Sousa will be playing basketball at the University of Kansas in December.

De Sousa is ranked No. 25 in the Class of 2018 by Rivals.com. But legal guardian Fenny Falmagne told The Star on Thursday afternoon that De Sousa, a 6-foot-9, 220-pound senior power forward from the Bradenton, Fla., prep school, was hoping to enroll at KU for second-semester classes to help the Jayhawks on the court this season.

"I think ultimately that is something he wants to do. I think we are heading in that direction," Falmagne said of De Sousa playing for KU second semester.

"We are just trying to see NCAA-wise if he can make that move. He doesn't want to get too excited about this because the NCAA might say we can't do this. It's an NCAA decision."

There have been reports De Sousa has taken the standardized test, however, Falmagne indicated Angola native De Sousa, who moved to the United States a couple of years ago, will take a standardized test on Saturday.

"It's not going to come down to the test, but more the core credits he has that transfer from back home," Falmagne said. "The NCAA will have to look at all the credits he got. Is it something they will allow to transfer ... see how many that is, see where he's at."

Falmagne said De Sousa, who has not yet returned his letter-of-intent to KU (that will happen in the next couple days; the week-long signing period runs until next Wednesday), could find out if he's allowed to play for KU this season sooner rather than later.

"Probably Monday or Tuesday," Falmagne said.

In the past, however, it has taken the NCAA much longer to make decisions on such eligibility matters.

Falmagne said he had no doubt De Sousa, 19, could contribute to KU's team right away.

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