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Top-five sophomore Brandon Huntley-Hatfield talks recruitment, possible reclass

July 8, 2020
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This weekend, Brandon Huntley-Hatfield made his long-awaited return to the court after three months of quarantine. Like usual, he was very impressive. Despite not putting up crazy numbers, he showed his ability to score from all three-levels, run the floor, his pull-up game, etc. 

The 6-foot-10 dynamic forward out of IMG Academy says he has a ‘Lebron’ type of game, in his opinion, 

“I could do everything for my team. Score, rebound, pass and defend. I can score on all three-levels and play with a high-IQ and vision, I can do everything a point-guard can do at 6-foot-10 and that’s what separates me from everyone in my class, I can do it all on the court,” he said.

He isn’t wrong and with that, he also leads himself to national recruitment and is being targeted by several programs.

“Tennessee, Ole Miss, Kentucky, Georgia, Auburn, Kansas & Virginia Tech have all been involved,” he said. He’s visited Kentucky and Ole Miss, both coming this past season. As for Tennessee, he was slated to take an official visit based on schedule, but, even before he could confirm a date, the NCAA ruled campus visits dead.

Kentucky has been seen as an early favorite for Huntley-Hatfield but he has said that he’s open to all programs and there isn’t currently a leader, but, the Wildcats have made it evident he is the guy they want and that’s why he was one of the program’s first 2022 offers.

But what exactly is so different about Kentucky’s pitch compared to the other schools?

“All the pitches are the same besides Kentucky. They have so many other guys coming in, I would be with other highly-ranked players. I wouldn't be the main guy because there's tons of talent."

In addition, Huntley-Hatfield has been very blessed and honored to be able to get recruited by Howard. Coach Blakeney and his staff have landed five-star senior Makur Makur and it really started a trend for prospects attending HBCUs. As for Brandon Huntley-Hatfield? He’s definitely considering that route.

He said he will definitely take a closer look at them, although there hasn’t been much contact from the staff he would consider looking at the possibility of going that route.

The million-dollar question everyone has wanted to know the answer to? Will Brandon Huntley-Hatfield reclassify. The answer, for now? No. “Everyone says I’m on track and in the right position. But depending on how I feel, my school, family, and team will work something out but for now, no.”

He hasn’t counted it out but says he doesn’t know what the future holds. Huntley-Hatfield is just more focused on working on his game and figuring out where he needs to improve and what tweaks need to be made to his game.

 
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