Front Row L to R: Demetrius Calip, Snookey Wigington, Kihei Clark, Torshawn Roland, Makani Whiteside, Rameon Witt
Back Row L to R: Khalil Haywood, Langston Taylor, Stephan Alla, Myles Lofton, Jihyad Mapp, Antwan January, Christophe Bongo, Brandon Wilson, Antonio McCoy, Cody Randall
The Toreadors of Taft Charter High School enter the 2017 ‘Iolani Classic with a long, storied basketball tradition. Last year’s Toreador squad lost in the CIF Division I Quarterfinals to Roosevelt High School, the eventual CIF State Champions. The team finished 27-11 overall, 8-2 in their conference and ranked 14th in the state. That successful group follows previous teams that included NBA players Jordan Farmar, Larry Drew II, Bryce Dejean-Jones and Spencer Dinwiddie.
This year’s group will be led by 5’11 senior point guard Kehei Clark (committed to Virginia) as well as 6’10 junior center Antwan January, who averaged a double-double last season. 6’3 junior guard Makani Whiteside adds to the talented group as Whiteside was an all-state selection last year. Led by veteran Head Coach Derrick Taylor, Taft Charter expects to compete for sectional and state titles this season.