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Notebook: Bryce Thompson To Transfer

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Kansas guard Bryce Thompson to transfer
"I just want to say thank you to the Kansas coaching staff, the team doctors, all the staff and the fans for supporting me since I got to Lawrence," Thompson told 247Sports. "I appreciate everybody supporting me from day one but after careful consideration with my family I feel that it is in my best interest to enter the transfer portal."

New additions: Meet KU basketball's 2021 signing class
The current offseason for KU basketball has been about as wild as any in recent memory. As the signing period opens, the Jayhawks are set to bring in six new names — with two scholarships still available assuming none of the players testing the NBA Draft waters as early entrants choose to stay in the event.

4-star Eudora TE Jaden Hamm talks position versatility, Kansas offer
"I just love being out on the field, being there with my teammates," Hamm said. "Being able to play both sides of the ball is a great privilege and helps with a lot of things, being able to fight through adversity no matter if we're on offense or defense, which I see as one of my strengths. I'm able to talk to people ... and get people motivated."

Kansas football announces date, time, TV info for spring game
The game, which will be shown on ESPN+, will kick off at 6 p.m. CT. The offense will face the defense in a "traditional game setting" per the release. In past years, KU has used adapted formats of the spring game, though this year sounds like more of a return to normalcy.

Bill Self comments on Bryce Thompson's decision to transfer
“After talking to his family, Bryce let us that he was going to enter the transfer portal,” Self said. “I know Bryce had a tough freshman season with injuries but I enjoyed coaching him this year through the ups and downs. We wish nothing but the best for the entire Thompson family moving forward.”

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Black high school football player told to sit near banana peels says he wants to be treated 'as a human first, not a victim'
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TikTok star Justine Paradise says YouTube star-turned-boxer Jake Paul forced her into sex act
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Andre Drummond on offensive struggles with Los Angeles Lakers -- 'Still trying to figure it out here'
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Eraser Dust

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Afghanistan: Biden to announce withdrawal of US troops September 11 - CNNPolitics
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Under The Big Sky Returns - Flathead Beacon
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