Former University of Kansas forward Silvio De Sousa confirmed to the Journal-World on Tuesday afternoon that he is heading to Tennessee to continue his college basketball career in Chattanooga.
The stadium’s Jeff Goodman was the first to report the news.
De Sousa, whose Kansas career was known as much for what he did off the stat sheet as on it, announced last fall that he was leaving the KU basketball program for reasons personal.
Shortly after, news surfaced of his involvement in an altercation outside a Lawrence nightclub and he is set to stand trial for aggravated assault from August 2.
According to Journal-World reports, the trial is expected to last about three days.
De Sousa was also a central figure in KU’s NCAA violations case, as it was alleged that his guardian took money from an Adidas representative when recruiting De Sousa.
It cost him the 2018-19 season and initially led to a two-year suspension by the NCAA. However, in May 2019, De Sousa won his appeal of the NCAA’s decision, which reduced the suspension to just one year, paving the way for him to play at Kansas in the 2019-20 season.
De Sousa appeared in 18 games during the 2019-20 campaign but also saw that season cut short due to his role in a nationally televised brawl between KU and Kansas State at the end of a KU win at Allen Fieldhouse .
De Sousa was immediately suspended indefinitely by Kansas coach Bill Self, and the Big 12 then officially suspended him for 12 games, which saw him through the end of the regular season. De Sousa never played for the Jayhawks again.
The second-year Angola striker, who as a rookie was a key part of KU reaching the 2018 Final Four, took full responsibility for his actions and vowed to catch him in the future.
But he never had the chance in Kansas. After working with the team throughout the offseason and pandemic summer, De Sousa announced in October 2020 that he was leaving the program.
The 6-foot-9 forward should be immediately eligible for Chattanooga and will have one year left in eligibility.
Chattanooga, which finished 18-8 last season under head coach Lamont Paris, plays in the Southern Conference.