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Top 2018 big man considering early enrollment at Kansas

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LAWRENCE, KS - FEBRUARY 27: Bill Self head coach of the Kansas Jayhawks claps for his team as they celebrate winning the Big 12 Conference Championship after they defeated Texas Tech Red Raiders 67-58 at Allen Fieldhouse on February 27, 2016 in Lawrence, Kansas. With the win, Kansas clinched its 12th straight conference championship. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

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The talk of the offseason in Lawrence has been the Kansas front court depth.

The Jayhawks don’t have a guy that can play the four in a small-ball lineup the way Josh Jackson did last season. They also have three big men on the roster that are eligible to play this season, and only two of them - Billy Preston and Udoka Azubuike - are guys that can be relied upon for major minutes in the Big 12.

Which brings us to Silvio de Sousa.

He’s a 6-foot-9 bruiser and a top 30 recruit in the country in the Class of 2018. He’s got a motor that doesn’t stop running and the size, if not the skill, to play in the Big 12 right now; he’s already 19 years old. And he wants to enroll early, getting to Lawrence for the second semester of this season.

“I think ultimately that is something he wants to do. I think we are heading in that direction,” Fenny Falmagne, his legal guardian, told the Kansas City Star. “We are just trying to see NCAA-wise if he can make that move. He doesn’t want to get too excited about this because the NCAA might say we can’t do this. It’s an NCAA decision.”

If he makes it to campus, it would be a massive boost for a team that doesn’t exactly have an identity.