Brandon Huntley-Hatfield and Skyy Clark are both five-star prospects that Kentucky is clearly prioritizing in this recruiting cycle.
When communication restrictions were lifted earlier this week, Kentucky Sports Radio’s Jack Pilgrim reported that both players were immediately contacted by a member of the UK coaching staff.
2022 five-star forward Brandon Huntley-Hatfield has heard from Kentucky, Kansas, Wake Forest, Georgia, Tennessee State, and Western Kentucky today, his mother tells KSR.— Jack Pilgrim (@JackPilgrimKSR) June 15, 2020
The top-ten prospect is widely expected to reclass to 2021.
Gonzaga, Arizona, Michigan, and Indiana are the newest schools to reach out to Skyy Clark.— Jack Pilgrim (@JackPilgrimKSR) June 15, 2020
The five-star guard and his family have had a busy day. One of Kentucky's top targets in the upcoming junior class. https://t.co/xoutlVXjtQ
With things still anything but normal in terms of face-to-face contact it has forced coaches across the country to audible their typical relationship building practices and utilize more elements of technology to connect with recruits.
The permissible contact schedule and methods are different, but the overall strategy for programs to lure top talent to their school hasn’t changed despite the spring/summer AAU season being canceled.
Let’s start with Brandon Huntley-Hatfield, who is a 6-8 power forward who plays for IMG Academy in Bradenton (FL). I’ve seen him play several times, and it’s easy to see why he is ranked by 247 Sports composite as the fourth-best player in America. The size and length are there along with a very versatile skill set.
Playing at a place like IMG Academy will often times handcuff a player’s ability to showcase their total skill set, but there is no denying Huntley-Hatfield can impact the game on both ends of the floor.
The Cats appear to be positioned very well with a top five player in the class of 2022. Every prediction at 247 Sports and Rivals is in favor of the Wildcats. He also recently completed a virtual visit with Kentucky back on May 22nd.
It was no surprise to see Kentucky quickly reached out to 6-2 combo guard Skyy Clark once it was allowed. Clark is a name that continues to be strongly linked with Kentucky, and at this point, all signs seem to be pointing towards him winding up in Lexington when it’s all said and done.
Just this week, 247 Sports scouting director Jerry Meyer logged a crystal ball prediction in favor of Kentucky to land Clark. He’s also been seen multiple times working out in a Kentucky shirt.
Interesting shirt of choice for 5-star California combo guard Skyy Clark. Watched Kentucky beat Auburn to clinch the SEC championship at Rupp Arena in February. pic.twitter.com/A87Hxtozyf— TheCatsPause247 (@TheCatsPause247) May 21, 2020
Currently, Clark plays at Brentwood Academy in Tennessee and is known for his speed and crafty antics to score the basketball.
247 Sports composite rankings list him as a five-star prospect and a top-20 player nationally. Listed as a combo guard, it will be interesting to see how UK’s 2022 class shapes up and where Clark would fit into the back-court if he did choose to commit.
One final note. Both Clark and Huntley-Hatfield have been mentioned as reclassification candidates for the 2021 class. At this point, Huntley-Hatfield looks like the likelier of the two to move up a class, but we’re still far away from a decision being made on it.
Travis Graf from Rivals and KSR’s Jack Pilgrim have traveled down to Tennessee several times over the last few weeks to get a look at Clark play against bonafide professional competition.
You can check some of the highlights out below.