NCAA tournament: Dayton’s Oliver has Obama’s attention

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Once again, Devin Oliver has found a way to bypass the red tape, the Secret Service and the pressing political interests of the day to get the attention of President Barack Obama.

Four years ago, Oliver was one of the students who invited Obama to deliver the commencement speech at Kalamazoo Central, his Michigan high school.

“I remember, before he handed out the diplomas, we were backstage, and he came over and talked,” said Oliver, a senior forward for Dayton. “He was a really good guy, really personable, and he took an interest in us.

“I remember I got to give him a commemorative jersey on Good Morning America. That was the coolest thing. I was one-on-one with this historical president, and we just talked back and forth about basketball and my plans for the future, things like that.”


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