Class of 2018 big man Silvio De Sousa makes commitment official

Future KU forward Silvio De Sousa makes his commitment to Kansas official by signing his national letter of intent at IMG Academy on Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017. (Photo from IMG Facebook live stream of the event)

Kansas commitment Silvio De Sousa made his pledge to join the Jayhawks official on Wednesday morning during a signing ceremony at IMG Academy on the first day of the early signing period.

De Sousa, a 6-foot-9, 245-pound forward who was the first in the 2018 class to commit to Kansas, and he signed Wednesday morning in a no-frills manner, wearing a blue Under Armour T-Shirt in front of several IMG classmates from multiples sports, faculty and family members.

De Sousa, a native of Angola, officially committed to Kansas in late August while traveling back home to compete for his country in FIBA Afrobasket 2017.

Ranked No. 18 by, ESPN analyst Fran Fraschilla, who also does a lot of international scouting, told the Journal-World back then that De Sousa was one of the Top 10 players entering college in the 2018 class in his eyes.

The explosive, athletic and powerful forward has drawn comparisons to former Kansas standout Thomas Robinson as well as former Kentucky star Julius Randle.

De Sousa is the first of three 2018 commitments expected to sign national letters of intent with Kansas this week.

Charlotte point guard Devon Dotson and Oak Hill big man David McCormack have signing ceremonies scheduled for Saturday.

The early signing period began Wednesday and runs through next Wednesday. After that, any unsigned or future commitments will have to wait until the regular signing period next Spring to make things official.

With this trio already in the fold, KU’s 2018 recruiting class is ranked No. 2 overall by most national recruiting sites.

There’s a chance that soon could go up, as all four of’s national recruiting analysts recently predicted that five-star guard Quentin Grimes also would pick Kansas.