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Ochai Agbaji declares for 2022 NBA Draft, pens farewell to KU
Ochai Agbaji is officially headed to the NBA. On Sunday, the KU basketball guard announced his intentions to enter the 2022 NBA Draft. As a senior, the guard led KU to its first national title since 2008. For the season, Agbaji averaged 18.8 points per game on 47.5 percent shooting from the field and 40.7 percent shooting from 3. He also chipped in with 5.1 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 0.9 steals in 35.1 minutes per game. After four years in Lawrence, Agbaji leaves KU having played in 122 games. His career averages are 13.5 points per game with 44.8 percent shooting and 37.3 percent shooting from 3 with 4.4 rebounds and 1.6 assists.

Christian Braun declares for the 2022 NBA Draft
"Just a kid from Kansas," Braun's statement began. "That's where I started this journey. Now, three years later I'm a national champion. None of that would be possible though, without the best teammates, coaches and fans in the world. To say I love Kansas would be an understatement. This place is beyond special. No matter where life or basketball takes me, I will be a Jayhawk forever and represent this program to the best of my abilities. With that being said, after talking with my coaches and family, I would like to declare for the 2022 NBA Draft. Thank you for your support every time we stepped on the court representing this amazing basketball program."

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Macron wins election, but France's far-right has gotten record support
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Conan O'Brien's Dark Pitch for the Simpsons Final Episode
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Twitter Nears a Deal to Sell Itself to Elon Musk - The New York Times
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Whitefish school board candidate brings community controversy | KECI
On August 12 of last year the Whitefish School Board was voting on safe return guidelines and masking policies for K-12 staff and students.

When current candidate Jenny Paatalo sent this email to the school board.

The email has since sparked numerous discussions throughout the community, as she addresses the school board as child abusers, morons, deniers of science and tells the school board to die.

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