John Calipari and his staff have been on a mission in recruiting recently, and they are already giving attention to the 2022 class.
Brandon Huntley-Hatfield is currently ranked as the No. 6 overall player in 2022 and is the No. 1 power forward via 247 Sports. He’s also someone Kentucky has visited multiple times during the fall and winter, the latest being this past weekend.
Jake Weingarten of Stockrisers.com reported that assistant Joel Justus would be in to watch Huntley-Hatfield on Sunday. He’s already set to take an unofficial visit to Kentucky in two weeks when Louisville comes to Rupp Arena.
The Wildcats are viewed as the early favorite in this recruitment as they hold 100% of the Crystal Ball predictions with Jerry Meyer being one of those picking the Cats. Other schools in the running include the Auburn Tigers, Florida Gators, Tennessee Volunteers, Baylor Bears and Memphis Tigers.
Although Huntley-Hatfield is in the 2022 class, he has been rumored to be a candidate to reclassify to the 2021 class which could be why Kentucky is giving him so much attention already.
As of now, the only other 2021 big man with an offer from Kentucky is Paolo Banchero, and there’s still a slim chance he reclassifies into 2020, even if it’s viewed as highly unlikely at this time.
Huntley-Hatfield is the cousin of former Wildcat Alex Poythress, which has helped develop an early relationship between Kentucky and the top-10 recruit.