Kansas senior forward Silvio De Sousa is stepping away from the Jayhawks’ basketball program “to focus all of my energies on some personal issues,” he wrote in a message posted to Twitter on Friday. De Sousa played a key role during the team’s 2018 Final Four run and was projected to contribute off the bench this season, but his tenure at Kansas has been filled with “ups and downs,” as he noted in his statement.
“I have made the difficult decision to opt out of this season to focus all of my energies on some personal issues,” De Sousa wrote. “I have a lot of things weighing on my mind and need to address these by taking time for myself and stepping away from basketball. I do not know what my next plan will be right now, but I will decide that when the time is right. This was not