MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA - APRIL 08: The Virginia Cavaliers celebrate with the trophy after their 85-77 win over the Texas Tech Red Raiders during the 2019 NCAA men's Final Four National Championship game at U.S. Bank Stadium on April 08, 2019 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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UVA men’s basketball team won’t celebrate national championship at White House

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“We have received inquiries about a visit to the White House,” UVA coach Tony Bennett said in a statement 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.”

The school beat Texas Tech to win its first basketball national championship in school history. 

In a tweet that has since been removed, Hunter retweeted the school’s announcement with the words “No thanks Trump,” and two laughing emojis, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported

Players Kyle Guy, Ty Jerome, Mamadi Diakite and De’Andre Hunter have all declared for the NBA draft

Last year’s champion, Villanova, did not visit the White House after not being invited for months. In 2017, North Carolina said there were scheduling conflicts and did not go. 

This year’s women’s national champion team, Baylor, has accepted an invitation to the White House and will visit Monday.

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