Nearly every athlete has a special tradition, piece of equipment or pregame ritual. Each week during basketball season, Prince George's Extra will explain why a county basketball player has chosen one.

This Week: Billy Edelin

Why does Edelin, a DeMatha junior, have a tattoo of a cobra with the words, "Against All Odds," on his left arm?

"The cobra is the logo from my first basketball team. We were called the Cobras, and I was in the second grade and playing in Silver Spring. It's a perfect reminder that no matter how much success or adversity I go through, I'll always remember that team because that's where I started. [The words "Against All Odds" mean] whatever comes, you can work hard and reach your goals."

Edelin, a 6-foot-1 shooting guard, leads top-ranked DeMatha in scoring with 19.8 points per game. At the Raleigh (N.C.) Holiday Tournament in late December, Edelin scored 52 points in three games and was named to the all-tournament team.

Tell Us Why

Do you know a Prince George's County high school basketball player with a special game-day tradition or lucky piece of equipment--and an interesting story behind it? If so, Prince George's Extra would like to hear about it. Call Camille Powell at 301-952-1220 or e-mail her at powellc@washpost.com

CAPTION: DeMatha's Billy Edelin added a cobra tattoo and logo to his arm to remind him of his basketball past--and of what is possible.

CAPTION: Playing with a sting: Edelin, a 6-foot-1 junior shooting guard, leads the No. 1 Stags in scoring with 19.8 points per game.