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

Gary Bedore, The Kansas City Star on

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"I think the kid is a pro," Falmagne said. "I mean athletically he can play in the NBA today. So now it's just the mental aspect. It's growing. He's working on it."

As far as De Sousa's progress at IMG this semester, Falmagne said: "He is doing extremely well. He's definitely an All-American. He has been good on the court and in the classroom as well."

At one point, after his sophomore year, De Sousa was the No. 2-rated player in the country by at least one recruiting service but dropped after returning to Luanda, Angola to represent his country in international basketball.

"He truly is a freak of nature," Falmagne told The Star after the power forward committed to KU in August. "His upside is just out of this world. He's a kid that can put his shoulder on the rim. He can dribble, he can shoot, he can post up, he has great footwork. He can play the game of basketball. More than that, he's just a great kid," Falmagne added.

De Sousa chose KU over Maryland, UCLA, Oregon and Indiana. He also had Florida, Kentucky, Illinois, Louisville, North Carolina, Syracuse and others on his list.

KU coach Bill Self cannot comment on De Sousa until KU receives the signed letter-of-intent.

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