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Junior Jahem Toure will be among the players to watch on the Charlotte Tarpons.

Charlotte boys basketball coach Tom Massolio is no stranger to success.

He’s had 10 20-win seasons while at the helm of the Tarpons program. Massolio has an intuitive ability to recognize talent and promise and this year’s Charlotte roster possesses both depth and experience, providing him with flexibility and versatility with the season looming boldly on the horizon.

Charlotte hosts the preseason classic today and tomorrow, a tournament featuring Canterbury, Mariner and Riverdale. The current Tarpons roster should stand Charlotte in good stead as they go deep into the season.

“I think our depth’s great because we have a lot of experienced kids that have played varsity level, who’ll be able to come off of the bench, and that’ll be a big benefit for us this year,” said Massolio. “We’ve had some of that in the past, but not as much as we’ve had here.”

The Tarpons have worked hard in the off-season knowing they’ll be facing a demanding schedule, and fitness and conditioning will be critical variables as the season progresses. Stamina, durability and endurance will be key factors in any success.

“We’ve done such a good job up to this point of training our kids,”said Massolio. “We’re in great shape, probably the best shape that we’ve ever been. A lot of that is because of what we’ve done over the summer. We were never really out of the gym. Our strength training is tremendous. We switched up our strength training this past season and did a lot of different things. I’m real excited about how strong and physical we are. It will help as the season goes on with the wear and tear.”

However, it’s that commitment, work ethic and experience that are among the intangibles that will help a team overcome adversity.

“We have a lot of kids who’ve put in minutes in at the varsity level,” said Massolio. “Anytime you have experience, it will always help you. I really like our youth on this team. We’re going to be led by our seniors, but our young guys have come a long way. I’m really excited about what they’ve done these first two weeks in practice.”

There will be a number of familiar faces. Seniors Makai Reeves, Kenny Scribner, Ahmad Johnson and Caden Moenning return. The team features six juniors, Tyrik Gainer, Faustin Phanor, Rasheen Shackleford, Lazaro Carbello, Trenton Tompkins and Jahem Toure and three sophomores, Tre Carroll, Alex Gent, and Nnamdi Edeoga.

The CHS Preseason Classic starts tomorrow at 5:15 p.m.

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