While many college teams are looking to score big in the transfer portal, Tennessee just had a heck of a 36-hour stretch.
After getting a pledge from 2021 four-star center Jonas Aidoo, the Vols scored a commitment from 2022 five-star forward Brandon Huntley-Hatfield today. In addition, Huntley-Hatfield will reclassify into 2021.
The 6-9, 220-pound forward just finished his junior season at Scotland Performance Institute in Pennsylvania. He is originally from Clarksville (TN) and is ranked as the nation’s top power forward and fourth overall prospect for 2022 by 247 Sports.
As you may recall, Huntley-Hatfield was once a strong Kentucky target, and the Wildcats were viewed as heavy favorites going into the summer of 2020.
However, things eventually broke down as Kentucky opted to move on before ultimately landing top-10 recruit Daimion Collins.
While things didn’t work out, I fully expect Huntley-Hatfield to be one of the top freshman in the SEC next season and someone the Wildcats will have their hands full with.
While it’s still unclear if the Wildcats will add any more high school recruits to next year’s roster, they’re almost certain to add at least one more transfer, likely in the backcourt, and ideally a point guard.
Because the NCAA is adopting the one-time transfer rule, there have already been a wealth of promising backcourt targets emerge, and there’s now yet another option for Kentucky.
Oklahoma Sooners guard De’Vion Harmon has entered the transfer portal, according to 247 Sports reporter Travis Branham. Harmon is also testing the NBA Draft process as well, so this recruitment could go on for several months with the draft withdrawal deadline now in July.
The 6-2, 198-pounder from Texas averaged 12.9 points, 3.4 rebounds. 2.1 assists and 1.1 steals per game while shooting 47.7% from the floor (33% from deep).
Harmon’s best stretch of the season came in a five-game winning streak that included wins over Kansas, Texas and Alabama, as well as TCU and Kansas State. During that, he averaged 18.2 points on 53% shooting (42.4% from deep), 4.8 boards and 2.6 assists per game.
Though there are still plenty of good options in the portal, Harmon instantly becomes one of the best. And because he is from Texas and was offered a scholarship by the Longhorns while Jai Lucas was still in Austin, I fully expect Kentucky to show some level of interest.