Kris Jenkins hit what will go down as one of the most iconic shots in NCAA College Basketball history for his Villanova Wildcats on Monday. With that and his team’s 77-74 championship win over North Carolina, Jenkins and his teammates will pay a visit to the White House to be honored by President Barack Obama.
But before he congratulates them in person, President Obama called Villanova Head Coach Jay Wright on Wednesday to praise the team. The president had the Wildcats going to the Elite Eight in his own bracket, but not winning the entire tournament (he picked Kansas).
Nonetheless, Jenkins received a personal shoutout from President Obama.
“Tell Jenkins he looked pretty cool out there taking that shot,” said the president. According to Philly.com’s Joe Juliano, Jenkins described Obama’s words as the coolest moment of the post-tournament celebration so far.
“That’s cool. That’s real cool,” Jenkins said. “That’s probably the best moment so far, to have the president say that.”
No date has been set for Villanova’s visit.