De Sousa wants to put past mistakes - including his role in a rivalry brawl - behind him to become a leader for Mocs

Staff photo by Troy Stolt / Chattanooga Mocs forward Silvio De Sousa (22) drives to the basket during the UTC men's basketball exhibition game against College of Wooster at McKenzie Arena on Thursday, Nov. 4, 2021 in Chattanooga, Tenn.

Silvio De Sousa seems like a happy person now.

So much has followed the Angola native's time in the United States, from a standout prep career that had him rated as the 32nd-best prospect in the country back in 2017, to early success at Kansas followed by a sequence of negative events that led to his eventual transfer to the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, where he will be a senior in 2021.

But who is De Sousa? He's not a person that dwells on the negative. He loved his time at Kansas, which started with a Final Four run in his freshman season and ended with a degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences. He loves to cook: Ask him about his cooking and he'll tell you that his mom, Jean Conceicao, told him that cooking is like murder: "You can't leave any evidence."