Brandon Huntley-Hatfield has announced his top 11 schools.
And of course, the Kentucky Wildcats made the cut.
Other notable schools still in contention include the Kansas Jayhawks, Auburn Tigers, Tennessee Volunteers and Baylor Bears.
To this point, Kentucky has been viewed as the heavy favorite for Huntley-Hatfield, even if he did recently say he’s no lock for the Wildcats.
“I think the word on me is that I’m a lock for Kentucky, just because it’s known that they were my dream school growing up,” Huntley-Hatfield said in a blog post. “I want to say here in my blog that I’m not set on any school. I don’t look at things the same way that I did when I was a kid; now I know the importance of picking the right fit and that’s what I’m really focusing on in this process.”
Kentucky holds every prediction thus far in the Rivals FutureCast and 247 Sports Crystal Ball.
It’s unclear who Kentucky’s biggest competition is right now for the 6-9 power forward who recently transferred from IMG Academy in Bradenton (FL) to Scotland Performance Institute in Scotland (PA).
Currently a Class of 2022 recruit, Huntley-Hatfield is a consensus top-10 recruit whose highest ranking is fifth overall by Rivals. ESPN and Rivals both have him ranked as the top power forward in his class.
However, there’s been heavy speculation that the talented big man will ultimately reclassify into 2021, though he recently said that no decision has been made on which class he’ll be part of.
“I also want to address the rumors going around that I’m going to reclassify to 2021; that was a thought at first, but I’m really big on trusting the process and not rushing things,” he said while adding, “I’m good staying in the 2022 class and, like I said, I’m focused on getting better and being as ready as possible when I go to the next level.”
247 Sports recruiting analyst Evan Daniels projects Huntley-Hatfield as a future first-round pick in the NBA Draft and offered this brief scouting report:
“One of the most impressive forward prospects in the 2022 class. He has good size for the position, a sturdy build and long arms. For his size and age, Huntley-Hatfield has an impressive skill level, and is a capable shot maker from mid-range and three. He wants to fade to the perimeter and hunt jump shots, which can hinder his overall productiveness at times. That said, he’s a tremendous talent and with continued development could be a one-and-done level recruit. Huntley-Hatfield is the cousin of NBA player Alex Poythress.”
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