Kansas Lands Five-Star Big Man Silvio De Souza

Silvio De Souza SC Photo | Kelly Kline | Under Armour

Silvio De Souza, the 6-foot-9 power forward from IMG (FL) Academy, committed to Kansas on Wednesday per Matt Tait of KUSports.com. Souza’s commitment comes just a few days after Souza took his first and only official visit to Kansas last weekend (Aug. 25).

“When I was there in Kansas, I couldn’t even express myself or how I was feeling,” De Sousa told the Journal-World. “When you love something, there’s no way you will describe it. I knew about their basketball but I didn’t know about the campus, the coaches and stuff like that. I felt like that was the place I wanted to be, the culture and the coaches were so great around me. That’s one of the things I’ve been looking for and I found that in them.”

According to 247Sports, Souza is ranked as the No. 30 overall player, the No. 6 player from the state of Florida and the first commit in KU’s 2018 class. He chose Kansas over schools such as Maryland, Florida, Florida State, and LSU, among others.

“Once I find what I want, what I’ve been looking for, I wouldn’t like to take any more visits,” said Souza. “Kansas is my final destination.”

Although Souza is the first commit in KU’s 2018 class, they are in the running for 2018 center David McCormack, who took an unofficial to Kansas last week and will take his official visit next month (Sept. 29). They are also expected to bring back transfers Charlie Moore, Dedric Lawson, and KJ Lawson who will have to sit out the 2017-18 season due to transfer.

Playing with the Florida Vipers on the Under Armour Association this summer, Souza averaged 20.5 points, 8.2 rebounds, 1.7 steals, and 0.6 blocks per game in 11 games played.


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