Basketball Vols also add 5-Star forward for next season
Brandon Huntley-Hatfield reclassifies and commits to Tennessee
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - ESPN.com reports that 5-Star forward Brandon Huntley-Hatfield has committed to Tennessee and will reclassify into 2021, meaning he can play as early as next season.
Huntley-Hatfield apparently picks Rick Barnes and the Volunteers over Ole Miss, Syracuse, Wake Forest, Auburn and Bill Self’s Kansas Jayhawks.
Huntley-Hatfield had been considered a candidate to reclassify from the 2022 class and graduate high school this spring.
He is 6-foot-9 forward from Tennessee, who attended Scotland Campus Prep in Pennsylvania, will reportedly move to No. 19 in the ESPN 100 for 2021.
A native of Clarksville, Tennessee, Huntley-Hatfield recently reclassified to the Class of 2021. He plans to enroll at UT this summer and will be a freshman in 2021-22. Prior to his reclassification, the 6-10 Huntley-Hatfield was rated by ESPN as the nation’s fourth-best overall prospect in the Class of 2022.”We’re all really excited about Brandon’s decision to stay in state and develop as a Vol,” Barnes said. “He’s a highly skilled forward who is a terrific passer and has the ability to stretch the defense with his shooting. It’s clear he’s all about doing whatever it takes to help his team win. We’re all looking forward to putting in the work with him to help him reach his full potential.”
Huntley-Hatfield is the fifth five-star signee for the Vols since November of 2018.Huntley-Hatfield attended IMG Academy in Florida for two years before transferring to Scotland Campus Prep in Scotland, Pennsylvania, for the 2020-21 academic year. He was coached there by Chris Chaney.Jerry Meyer, national basketball analyst for 247sports.com, describes Huntley-Hatfield as a power-based athlete who “has a quintessential power forward body with length, strength and density.” Meyer also noted Huntley-Hatfield’s versatile scoring ability as well as his potential to be a dominant rebounder.
Huntley-Hatfield played his AAU ball with the BMaze Elite program, founded by former Tennessee point guard Bobby Maze (2008-10).Huntley-Hatfield joins a highly-ranked Tennessee basketball 2021 signing class that includes Jonas Aidoo, Kennedy Chandler, Quentin Diboundje and Jahmai Mashack.
The Volunteers have landed five five-star recruits in the last three recruiting classes.
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