The NCAA has reinstated Kansas forward Silvio De Sousa, making him eligible to play in the 2019-20 season.

Kansas had appealed a two-season suspension given to De Sousa in February after testimony in the NCAA basketball corruption trial. On the witness stand, former Adidas consultant T.J. Gassnola claimed to have given $2,500 to De Sousa's guardian.

"Kansas men's basketball student-athlete Silvio De Sousa is eligible to play the upcoming season after sitting the 2018-19 season due to NCAA rules violations," the NCAA said in a statement issued Friday. "Kansas appealed the NCAA staff decision of a two-season withholding to the Division I Student-Athlete Reinstatement Committee, which determined additional relief was appropriate."

In February, coach Bill Self blasted the NCAA's ruling.

"In my 30-plus years of coaching college basketball, I have never witnessed such a mean-spirited and vindictive punishment against a young man who did nothing wrong," Self said. "To take away his opportunity to play college basketball is shameful and a failure of the NCAA."

The 6-foot-9 De Sousa, a native of Angola, averaged 4.0 points and 3.7 rebounds as a freshman during the 2017-18 season and registered 4.8 points and 5.4 rebounds in five NCAA Tournament games. He did not play in a game this past season as the NCAA reviewed his eligibility.

--Field Level Media

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