Silvio De Sousa on a conditioning crash course

Newcomer Silvio DeSousa shags rebounds for his teammates prior to tipoff against Texas on Friday, Dec. 29, 2017 at Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas.

Newcomer Silvio DeSousa shags rebounds for his teammates prior to tipoff against Texas on Friday, Dec. 29, 2017 at Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas. by Nick Krug

Once cleared — could today be the day? — Kansas freshman Silvio De Sousa needs time before he can play long stretches in games for reasons that extend beyond learning the plays and understanding defensive principles.

“I do think his conditioning is lacking,” Kansas basketball coach Bill Self said. “So when your conditioning’s not as good, I do think sometimes you pace yourself.”

That’s where the coaching staff , including strength and conditioning director Andrea Hudy, comes in to push an athlete past his comfort zone.

“Andrea will take him after every practice, whether it’s to do extra in the weight room, where he’s primarily doing what his teammates do, so it is primarily running,” Self said.

Self also looks for opportunities to give De Sousa extra conditioning.

“Like yesterday, I made him do a drill in front of the team, which was a totally exhausting drill, and he was all excited when he finished it,” Self said. “I said, ‘OK, now on the line you’ve got this, this and this.’ He knows he needs to get in better shape. He’s the first one to tell us that, but it’s a big difference from high school to college. When you stop and think, this dude was playing high school ball just three weeks ago.”

If De Sousa is cleared in time to play Saturday against Kansas State, an 11 a.m. tip in Allen Fieldhouse, those in attendance can expect to see him make his on-court debut.

“He’s been with us long enough that I’d trust him to play in the game,” Self said. “I don’t know if I’d trust him to play in the last three minutes or four minutes, but play in a close game midway through the second half, no question.”

Self said he doesn’t expect it to take long for De Sousa to get into game shape.

“He’s been here now for two weeks and I think it’s expecting too much for him to be 80 or 90 percent of what he can be in the first couple of weeks,” Self said. “But I certainly think by February 1, I believe that to be the case that he can be 100 percent of what he can be.”

His early role will be to bring energy off the bench in short stretches to give Udoka Azubuike rest.

"He’s not going to play enough early on that we’re going to expect him to play 10 straight minutes," Self said. "It’s going to be short spurts so there’s no reason he can’t give us two to three to four minutes where his energy level’s very high, knowing that he’s not going to be in much longer than that anyway.”

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John Strayer

The KU Athletic department has to have upset the NCAA...even with a foreign national player, it can't possibly take 3 weeks to clear him. You have a group of adults that have no sense of urgency when it comes to the handling of these young men. Absolutely despicable and absolutely no accountability back to the member institutions and the athletes they claim to work for.

And for Preston...how freaking long does it take to track down the ownership of a car???

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Danny Hernandez

Ok, it was my car, I didn't want it and gave it away, first come, first serve. He responded and it was his.

There, mystery solved!

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Terrence D Cernech

NCAA is an arbitrary organization which moves on its own whims. A lot like our Congress they will take as long as they like to do what they want.

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Dave Miller

I'm beginning to think that Congress has that race by a nose.... ;) lol

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Dale Rogers

I don't think the ncaa trusts any school. I think they took the KU report as just a starting point for their own research. If they find any difference or even perceive a difference from the KU report they'll trash it and do totally their own report. In any case I don't think they'll trust the KU report any more than just to use it as just another input to the process.

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Dirk Medema

Due diligence is checking the facts that you're given whether it is KU Compliance or the NCAA checking our report. It took us a month and it should have been our top priority with all resources. It is not necessarily the NCAAs top priority nor would it be responsible to devote all resources to resolving our problems. It would have been nice to get an answer sooner but a bit silly to expect it and misguided to build on top of the frustration from the first month.

Glad he's getting his Hudy-zation.

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Greg Lux

Maybe we would have been better off the give the Preston investigation to the NCAA from day one. The fact that it took KU Compliance department 2 months should be a sign of a bigger problem. At this point I think the NCAA is speaking volumes that they have no interest in seeing KU get any playing time from Preston. Sad part is the young man is paying for a decision I would bet he had nothing to do with making at all. So you punish the school, the student, the fans and the family. Makes perfect NCAA sense. After the North Carolina no punishment decision the NCAA is worthless as far as credibility anyway. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/13/sp...
Unbelievable...

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