Plenty was learned in the 2013 portion of the boys basketball season and what stands out the most is this: the Baltimore City League is primed for a special race.
The Sun's Top 15 poll includes six teams from Baltimore City, with No. 1 City (8-0) taking on the expected lead role. No. 3 Patterson (9-0), No. 5 Poly (6-2), No. 6 Edmondson (6-1), No. 11 Dunbar (6-1) and No. 14 Lake Clifton (6-0) makes Baltimore City the most talented and deepest league in the area this season.
And now, with all the holiday tournaments behind us, it's time to dig in.
The schedules will now be dominated by league play, and there's plenty coming in the next few days to give us an idea of what each team brings. Friday's slate is highlighted by Patterson's visit to Dunbar. On Tuesday, City travels to Lake Clifton and Dunbar heads to Edmondson.
On paper, City looked like the clear favorite going into the season and the Knights have done nothing to dispel the notion with a deep and talented roster led by Omari George, Timmy Bond and Kamau Stokes.
But there's so many quality teams and special players that, on any given night, an upset can be had.
Patterson is loaded with guards led by Rysheed Corbin, Dereck Oliver and Kwynten Brooks.
At Poly, guard John Crosby can supply the big basket when needed.
Edmondson is big and athletic this season with Kani Coles, Robert McClain and Rashad Wattie.
Dunbar has a quality mix -- guard Kenandre Gibson and center Trevis Buchanon -- in addition to its unmatched winning tradition.
And Lake Clifton, with guard Elijah Kess leading the way, always comes ready to play under veteran coach Herman "Tree" Harried.
It all adds up to fierce and healthy competition that will once again have the Baltimore City teams prepared for extensive playoff runs.