Freshman Rahim Ali's father gives him some direction during a pool workout. Ali was kept out of most preseason activities as he recovered from a sports hernia.

Senior Jabray Franklin in the upward facing dog position. Twice a week during the preseason the team took yoga classes to improve their flexibility.

Part of the culture at Poly is going across the street to Arlon's and 7-Eleven after school to load up on chicken tenders, pizza, Arizona and Brisk drinks and other junk food, much to the dismay of the team's nutritionist chef Rodney Williams. 

Junior Cleveland Horton, in his first year at Poly, is still adjusting academically. Here Cleveland is working through multiplying matrices.

Senior Herbert Godinez works through a math problem during study hall. Several players boast grade point averages above a 3.0, as the team fell just 0.2 grade points below a 3.25 team GPA for the first quarter. 

Junior Seth Jones (Left) and senior Demitrice "Meaty" Weaver (Right), toward the end of study hall engage in a debate over who's better between NBA standouts Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins.

Senior De'Vondre Perry, who recently committed to play at Temple University, finishes an ab circuit. Perry is most comfortable and expressive in the weight room.

Coach Anthony Fitzgerald pushes Senior Torrin Stephens in practice. Through tough coaching, Coach Fitzgerald and the rest of the coaching staff wants each player to know that they want them to succeed and get better.

After a less than stellar first practice, Coach Fitzgerald pulls senior Kyshon Tate to the side and encourages him to persevere. 

Senior Deshaun Mosley embodies the ways in which athletes express themselves through sport.

Head coach Samuel Brand pulls the guys in for a huddle mid-drill to emphasize intensity and attention to detail.

Junior Seth Jones stands out on the court for his shooting ability and his sports goggles that evoke memories of basketball titans like James Worthy and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

Junior Demetrius Mims (left) and  senior De'Vondre Perry (right) lead the team. Mims is still learning to be more expressive in his leadership, whereas Perry takes the more vocal approach.

Senior Torrin Stephens and sophomore Amani Walker wrestle after practice.

The guys exhibit elements of team chemistry that translates to success on the court, like dancing and reciting lyrics to their favorite songs in the locker room.

Demetrius Mims lays the ball in after out-rebounding Randallstown defenders.

De'Vondre Perry drives baseline on Randallstown's John McNeal, who played on Poly's city championship team last season.

Freshman Rahim Ali glides in for a layup in the last scrimmage before the season kicks off.

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