One of Kentucky’s 2022 targets will be getting a visit from the Wildcats today, as they will be in to see Brandon Huntley-Hatfield this afternoon.
Just spoke to IMG’s Brandon Huntley-Hatfield, who told me that Kentucky’s staff will be visiting him today. https://t.co/Y41ABkPp99— Travis Graf (@Trav_Graf) February 5, 2020
Huntley-Hatfield, a sophomore at IMG Academy and a consensus top-10 player in his class, is considered to be both a serious candidate for reclassification and a Kentucky lean as of now.
Kentucky has multiple ties to Huntley-Hatfield already. He's been visited by John Calipari or Justus three times, received a scholarship offer, and had an unofficial visit to campus all since late-September. Huntley-Hatfield is a cousin of former Wildcat Alex Poythress as well.
Finally, Huntley-Hatfield has been on the record that UK has always been his dream school.
“Being my dream school growing up … for them to have interest in me, I’m really blessed. I feel like Kentucky has played a really big role in players’ development in the NBA. They’ve got a lot of guys to the league. And I know a lot of schools can do that, but I just feel like Kentucky is one of those powerhouses. And I feel like I want to be a part of that. Kentucky has always been my number one school growing up,” said Huntley-Hatfield to Ben Roberts at the Herald-Leader.
With reclassification as a very possible option for Huntley-Hatfield, he’s a player we could see making a college decision soon and could even be seeing at the college level in the near future. Kentucky is in great shape, but they’ll have to hold off teams like Memphis, Tennessee, Florida, Ole Miss, Auburn and more as teams that have offered scholarships too.
With a lot of time left in his recruitment, whether he reclassifies or not, it’s still very early to make a real call on what he may do. With that said, the more interaction Kentucky can have with him throughout his recruitment will only help their cause. If they can keep the pressure on, it may be hard to see him ending up anywhere besides Lexington.