[Ed. – Cementing its proper nickname: the Yahoos. This is a continuing trend with the basketball champions. Villanova and UNC didn’t visit the White House either, in 2018 and 2017. If the White House, very sensibly, doesn’t invite UVA, we will then no doubt be treated to media caterwauling about the barbaric, inexcusable “failure to invite.” Perhaps it’s all for the best. Hagiographic media coverage of such visits to “favored” White Houses is disturbing. (Note: the women’s champs this season, Baylor, will be visiting the White House.)]
“We have received inquiries about a visit to the White House,” UVA coach Tony Bennett said in a statement the school released Friday. “With several players either pursuing pro opportunities or moving on from UVA, it would be difficult, if not impossible to get everyone back together. We would have to respectfully decline an invitation.”
Virginia went 35-3 this season and beat Texas Tech to win the school’s first basketball national championship earlier this month. Since then, junior guards Kyle Guy and Ty Jerome, junior forward Mamadi Diakite and sophomore forward De’Andre Hunter all have declared for the NBA draft. In addition, sophomore reserve guard Marco Anthony has said that he has entered his name in the NCAA’s transfer portal and will be leaving the Cavaliers.
Hunter retweeted the school’s announcement, adding the words “No Thanks Trump,” followed by two laughing emojis.