For the second time this month, a five-star Class of 2018 boys basketball recruit eliminated Maryland from contention. This one, though, was unexpected.
Seven days after John Carroll point guard Immanuel Quickley cut the Terps from his list, KUSports.com reported Wednesday that forward Silvio De Sousa, a close friend of Maryland freshman Bruno Fernando's and presumed College Park-bound forward, committed to Kansas after a surprise official visit last weekend.
"When I was there in Kansas, I couldn't even express myself or how I was feeling," De Sousa told KUSports.com. "When you love something, there's no way you will describe it. I knew about their basketball, but I didn't know about the campus, the coaches and stuff like that. I felt like that was the place I wanted to be, the culture and the coaches were so great around me. That's one of the things I've been looking for and I found that in them."
The Angola native, who lives in Florida with his guardian, attended IMG Academy last season with Fernando. They played on separate teams at the prep school last season, but have known each other since they were children, a friendship from which Maryland was expected to benefit.
The Terps were the pick in all six "Crystal Ball" predictions on 247Sports.com for De Sousa, rated the No. 31 overall prospect and No. 8 power forward in the 247Sports.com Composite rankings. Kansas offered only this spring, and the Terps were among several schools expected to receive official visits this fall.
With De Sousa headed elsewhere, Maryland likely will look to pair Mount Saint Joseph commit Jalen Smith with five-star center Moses Brown, who has set official visits to Louisville this weekend and to College Park at the end of September.