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If someone had told me at the beginning of the semester that I'd be in charge of something as big as the supplement you're holding, I would have thought they were crazy. After all, my official title at the Cavalier Daily is "Weekly Projects Editor," and this supplement definitely took a good bit more than a week to finish. And it was time well spent.

This supplement required an unfathomable number of hours put in by a lot of people, and I think we pulled it off pretty well. We have a unique perspective as classmates of these players. We go through daily life with them, take the same exams, go to the same parties, eat the same food, in addition to the few hours a week we spend cheering them on in the winter. In this issue, we tried to impart some of that perspective and translate it to the written word, something most basketball preview magazines don't get to do. In addition to showing off our sports knowledge, we have had the privilege of getting inside the minds of some of the finest student-athletes the University has to offer.

With that in mind, I think we've put together a pretty good piece here. Take a look at the player profiles, particularly the cover story on Adam Hall and Chris Williams, which takes them from freshmen on a cellar-dwelling team to the leaders of a national championship contender. These two players are emblems of our basketball and athletic programs, and Jeremy Williams's story pays tribute to the contributions they have made to the basketball program and the University.

Features are great, but sometimes you want meat and potatoes, some knowledge to throw out in conversation and impress your friends. Check out our ACC picks and previews for in-depth analysis of the ACC. Also, our national top 20 poll, taken from our entire sports staff, is worth a look.

I'd like to give a special thanks to the other leaders of this project, particularly Adam Blumenkrantz, who put in an incredible amount of time to get this supplement finished in addition to his regular duties at the newspaper. Without his contributions, there's no way this would have come together. Thanks are also due to Sam Le and Peter Jackson for helping with planning, John Moorehouse, who started the publication of the ACC supplement, and Jim Reedy, who kept it alive.

On that note, the point of this supplement isn't all the work that went into it, but the finished product that you are probably anxious to read. So enjoy the preview and remember to give us all credit in a few months when our predictions come true.


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