Obama Honors 2015 Champs Duke Basketball Team at White House

President Barack Obama, second from left, poses for photographs during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House honoring the NCAA Champion Duke Blue Devils men’s basketball team, on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015, in Washington. From left, co-captain Amile Jefferson, Obama, co-captain Quinn Cook, coach Mike Krzyzewski, and University president Richard Brodhead. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is honoring Duke for winning its fifth NCAA basketball championship and lauding the team for its work on and off the court.

At a White House event Tuesday, Obama said Duke basketball is a model for other colleges. He also jokingly told the team he noticed similarities they shared with him: Doing well in the classroom, winning twice in the last four years and knowing what it’s like for people to oppose you no matter what you do.

Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski says the team was a fun group to coach. He also awarded the president a scholarship to attend a fantasy basketball camp. He said the camp is for players 35-and-older, prompting the president to reply “I’ll dominate.”

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