Silvio De Sousa Is the Surprise Star Kansas Needs Heading into NCAA Tournament

KANSAS CITY, MO - MARCH 08:  Silvio De Sousa #22 of the Kansas Jayhawks dunks during the Big 12 Basketball Tournament quarterfinal game against the Oklahoma State Cowboys at the Sprint Center on March 8, 2018 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)Jamie Squire/Getty Images

When Silvio De Sousa called for the lob from Devonte’ Graham, he was a high school kid who was playing shockingly well in the first half of the Big 12 Championship Game in Kansas City, Missouri. By the time he landed, De Sousa was the newest thing to keep an eye on in college basketball, and the main reason for discarding the idea that Kansas has no depth.

This may still be the most vulnerable Kansas team of the Bill Self era, depending what you think that word means. But sophomore forward Mitch Lightfoot has, late in the season, proven himself as an energetic and shockingly bouncy 4-man. And now here comes De Sousa, getting 10 points and seven rebounds in the first half against a West Virginia team with the most intimidating defensive presence in the country, Sagaba Konate—who terrorized Kansas with 18 points, three blocks and a number of altered shots in what wound up being an 81-70 Kansas win,

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