Ex-Jayhawk Silvio De Sousa transfers to Chattanooga

Former Kansas played Silvio De Sousa, a lightning rod of controversy during his time in Lawrence, Kan., announced Tuesday that he’s transferring to Chattanooga.

“I’m officially a Moc,” De Sousa tweeted Tuesday.

De Sousa opted out of the 2020-21 because of legal troubles stemming from an incident on New Year’s Day 2020 in Lawrence.

De Sousa will stand trial on Aug. 2 on a charge of aggravated battery after being accused of hitting a man in the face, causing him to lose vision in his left eye. De Sousa pled not guilty in May after being denied diversion in April.

He played on Kansas’ Final Four team in 2017-18, averaging 4.0 points and 3.7 rebounds, but then missed the entire 2018-19 season when he was one of the central figures in the FBI’s investigation of corruption in college basketball.

The NCAA ruled De Sousa ineligible for the 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons “because his guardian received payment from a university booster and agent and agreed to receive additional funds from the same person.” Kansas won an appeal regarding his eligibility in May 2019, allowing De Sousa to play in the 2019-20.

But then in a game against Kansas State in January 2020, De Sousa was in the middle of a melee during which he threw punches and picked up a stool. The Big 12 suspended him for 12 games for his on-court actions.

De Sousa averaged 2.6 points and 2.8 rebounds in 18 games during his junior season.

Overall, De Sousa played in 38 games for the Jayhawks, starting one.

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