There are in-depth overview stories by team beat writers on each squad and spotlight players, team-by-team analysis by Mike Gminski, lots of stats, insider quotes, a composite schedule, opponent previews, national Top 25, recruiting profiles by Dave Telep and a number of lengthy features about various conference topics, including a story on the Tar Heels' championship run. And this year -- for the first time -- features four different regional covers! The magazine hits newsstands this week, with a $5.95 cover price. You can order your copy today by calling 1-800-747-9287 or by going to acchandbook.com.
Here's an excerpt from the ACC Handbook's team overview story on NC State ...
Now, the departed senior class of Julius Hodge, Levi Watkins and Jordan Collins gives way to a group of younger players whose careers could be defined by constant appearances in the Sweet 16.
"I like our team a great deal," Sendek said. "I think we have a balanced combination of players withe experience and some promising newcomers. I think for all intents and purposes, we are a team in the mix for the Top 20."
There will be one lingering question, however, one that will haunt the Wolfpack throughout the preseason and into the first few games: How will it replace Hodge, one of only three players in school history to score more than 2,000 career points?
"I don't know that we are going to look to any single person to be Julius," Sendek said. "That wouldn't be fair to anybody on our team. What we will have to do is be a different team, Guys collectively will have to make up for his departure."
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