• Andre German

2022 five-star Brandon Huntley-Hatfield is down to 5 schools

Auburn: Bruce Pearl has done a great job at Auburn, most notably taking them to a Final Four, for the first time in school history. Pearl recently sent big man Chuma Okeke to the NBA, however, Auburn’s front court is loaded; former 4-star JT Thor will be competing for minutes as well as 2021 5-star Jabari Smith Jr. Despite Auburn’s recent success, minutes could be hard to find right away for Hatfield who is regarded by most as a one-and-done player. This is assuming he reclassifies to 2021.

“They were my first ever offer and always kept in contact with me. They are recruiting me as a 3/4 perimeter player with the ability to interchange between inside and out. They are looking for me to come in and make an immediate impact and basically be the face of the program most likely.”

Tennessee: Huntley seems like a great fit for Tennessee who recently featured Grant Williams as a stretch big. He could serve as the blueprint for Huntley as shooting and playmaking are some of his strengths. Tennessee’s front court is wide open and could provide a great opportunity for Hatfield to shine in a tough SEC conference.

“Knoxville is my second home. They’re big on player development as am I. Coach Barnes has coached a lot of great players at my position like Tobias Harris and Kevin Durant. They’ve done a great job at staying in contact and want me to come in and play immediately...somewhat of the same ordeal as Auburn.”

Ole Miss: Ole Miss have put themselves in a great spot here. They were the second school to offer Huntley and haven’t taken their foot off the gas since. With over 60% of the current roster projected to be gone by time Huntley arrives on campus there’s a huge opportunity for big minutes. Kermit Davis has stepped things up on the recruiting trail already landing a pair of highly touted prospects in Daeshun Ruffin and Matthew Murrell. It’s very possible that Hatfield could be the next domino to fall. 

“I visited there and loved it. They want me to be the best player to ever come through there and believe I can help them win a national championship. They plan to run the offense through me, as a freshman and be the face of the program. They also do a great job of keeping in contact with me and my family.”

Kansas: Bill Self has done a great job with developing bigs, however Hatfield’s talent is undeniable and he’s unlikely to be on a college campus for more than a year. Huntley is an excellent ball handler and can stretch the floor. Bill Self traditionally has put the ball in his guards’ hands and run the pick and roll with limited opportunities to stretch the floor. Big men David McCormack and Silvio De Sousa will be gone but Kansas brings in 4-star forwards Zachary Clemence and KJ Adams. Minutes will still be there for Huntley should he choose the Jayhawks.

“I always wanted a Kansas offer; coach Self coaches a lot of great players. Once they offered me, they always kept in contact and check-in on my mom and I every day.”

Wake Forest: Last year Wake Forest struggled in an average year for the ACC. Steve Forbes looks to be trying to turn that around with a pair of 4-star prospects committed for 2021. Hatfield would be one of the highest ranked recruits to arrive on campus and would likely be given the freedom to play his style. 

“They want me to come in and have the freedom to play my game. Coach Forbes is a players coach and wants to coach me hard & help me become an NBA prospect.”

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