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Five-star junior Brandon Huntley-Hatfield talks finalists

February 16, 2021

Brandon Huntley-Hatfield remains one of the Top-Available prospects in the loaded 2022 class. The 6-foot-9 power forward from Clarksville, Tennessee but now attends Scotland Campus (PA) after deciding to leave IMG Academy last year.

He’s rated amongst the Top-10, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings, in addition, our grading system ranks him in the Top-10 and he’s the No. 1 power forward in the class of 2022.

He trimmed his list to Ole Miss, Kansas, Auburn, Tennessee, Wake Forest, but, Syracuse ended up extending him a scholarship offer and the Orange made their way onto BHH’s list, making it a final six. In addition, he’s been very vocal on the fact that he won’t move into the 2021 class (reclassify) but with recruiting you never know but I’d stand firm on him staying put.

Ole Miss, Tennessee, Auburn, and Syracuse,” are still heavily in the mix, Huntley-Hatfield told 

I asked Huntley-Hatfield for his thoughts on Tennessee’s success with their frosh and the two senior bigs they’ve got emerging in Knoxville and the possibility of him carving a similar role, his response:

“I think about it all the time. Given the fact that their two seniors both play major roles and just inputting myself there when they leave. It’s a huge decision that I could possibly make, it would open up some big things for myself and my family.”

I mentioned this earlier, Syracuse is also one of the team’s heavily vying for the Scotland Campus big man since offering him this winter. Since the moment they entered the mix, both sides have shown mutual interest.

Huntley-Hatfield had some positive things to say when I brought up the topic of Jim Boeheim and the Syracuse Orange and asked what it would be like playing at a legendary program: 

“Yes they did [get involved late] and I have ever since they first offered and it would be good for me. Being one of the highest recruits to come there could be legendary, but, as well as being able to lead a team I feel like that would be my role there so it’s good. We will see.”

Ole Miss has had the chance to host Huntley-Hatfield for his first official visit. He’s been a top target for Kermit Davis for years already. There were even multiple crystal ball selections in favor of them landing BHH at one point, those of which haven’t been updated in over one year.

Where do things stand with the program that many once viewed as a leader and BHH’s thoughts on how they’ve played?

”Things still stand the same with them. As for how they’ve been playing, things started a lil rough but they’re starting to find a way.”

And Auburn? They’ve remained in the mix with Huntley-Hatfield and he said the Tigers still remain in contact. What does he think about the recruiting success that Bruce Pearl and the staff has had recently in the past few cycles?

“It’s been good, They’re still relaying the same message, and [their recruiting] it’s been fun. And they just keep in touch every now and then.”

Huntley-Hatfield has made it clear that he will remain in the 2022 class, at the moment, and he isn’t set on any type of commitment timeline making any reported date or timetable false.

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