— Arriving at the site of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament, Maryland swingman Dez Wells began thinking about the most memorable players — Juan Dixon, Jay Williams, Shane Battier — he had watched in the tournament as a young fan who was more than a little star struck.
Years ago, Wells sent a letter to Williams, the former Duke star who was the tournament's most valuable player in 2000. Asked what the letter said, Wells, who is from Raleigh, N.C., replied with a sheepish smile: "I wish I could be like you."
That's the thing about the ACC tournament — its tradition has a way of energizing players, particularly the younger ones.
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