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Brandon Huntley-Hatfield officially cuts UK from list; Ole Miss trending for top-5 recruit

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Huntley-Hatfield also set a decision date.

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At one time, Brandon Huntley-Hatfield was the likeliest frontcourt player to end up in Kentucky’s 2021 class.

However, reports surfaced this week that Kentucky has cut ties with Huntley-Hatfield.

Today, he did the same, as Huntley-Hatfield announced his final eight, which did not include Kentucky. Making his list were the Auburn Tigers, Georgia Bulldogs, Kansas Jayhawks, Louisville Cardinals, Ole Miss Rebels, Tennessee Volunteers, Virginia Tech Hokies and Wake Forest Demon Deacons.

The 6-9, 220-pound forward is set to play his junior season at Scotland Performance Institute in Pennsylvania. He’s ranked fifth overall at Rivals, where Ole Miss is trending in the Rivals FutureCast with two-straight picks, including one from recruiting ace Corey Evans.

Speaking of, Huntley-Hatfield told Evans that, for now, a reclassification is not in the works, though a decision date has been set for January 21st.

“No reclassification right now and there is no timetable for it,” said Huntley-Hatfield. “I am just going to see how I perform this season and how everything pans out but I want to commit on my little sister’s birthday on January 21.”

There have also been three-straight Ole Miss predictions in the 247 Sports Crystal Ball, including one from scouting director Jerry Meyer.

It’s unfortunate things didn’t work out between Huntley-Hatfield and Kentucky, but that’s just how recruiting goes sometimes. Hopefully, Huntley-Hatfield end up in the best situation for him, as he’s a very talented player with a bright future ahead of him.