Boys basketball Top 5 countdown: No. 2 Poly

De'Vondre Perry and the No. 2 Engineers ready for banner season.

The boys basketball season is under way for the private schools with the public schools beginning play Dec. 5, so it’s time to roll out the projections for this season’s top teams. 

In the coming days, Varsity Letters will count down the top five with the area’s preseason No. 1 team posted Thursday night. The Top 15 poll, along with the top players to watch, will be available online Thursday night and the entire preview package will be in Friday’s print edition of The Baltimore Sun.

Here’s a look at No. 2 Poly:

Coach: Sam Brand

Last season: 20-4, No. 7

Postseason: Class 3A North Section I semifinalist

Key players: De'Vondre Perry, Sr., F; Demetrius Mims, Jr., G; Deshaun Mosley, Sr., G

Outlook: Simply put, the Engineers are hungry. Last season, they got a taste of success with the Baltimore City league championship and moved up to No. 1 in the area poll before falling flat in the region playoffs with an upset loss to Woodlawn. They bring back four starters -- led by the 6-foot-6 Perry -- and have some newcomers aboard to give them the talent and depth to take the final step in claiming the program's first state crown. Perry, a Temple commit, could be the area's most dominant player with an impressive inside-outside game. When opponents send double-teams his way, the Engineers have plenty of other experienced options with Mims (14.3 points per game), Deshaun Mosley (7.6) and Torrin Stephens (6.4) also proven in the system.  On paper, the Engineers are the favorite to repeat in Baltimore City, but there's capable teams wanting to bring them down. They're also strong contenders for a state championship and learning from last year's early exit could prove to be a valuable lesson.

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