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Calipari, who met President Bill Clinton while coaching Massachusetts, and the Wildcats had to compose themselves after the White House operator said she'd put the president on the line.
"Wow, this is something," Calipari said.
Kentucky junior Patrick Patterson thanked Obama for the call, which lasted about five minutes.
"Your leadership has inspired us all," Patterson said.
Then Calipari told Obama freshman sensation John Wall wanted to speak.
"What's going on all-star?" the president said. "I've been watching you."
Wall invited Obama to watch Kentucky play in person and suggested a game of "HORSE."
"I'm not going to play horse with you," Obama replied, "because I don't want to lose."
The president suggested a friendly pickup game. "I'm going to make sure I have you on my team," Obama told Wall.
Wall said he and his teammates were floored the president took time to call.
"I'm still nervous and shocked about knowing the president is one of your fans," the freshman said.
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