Tennessee made the top 11 for one of the premier basketball prospects on Thursday night.
Five-star 2022 power forward Brandon Huntley-Hatfield included the Vols in his list of top schools as he narrowed down his interest. Tennessee joined Kentucky, Auburn, Georgia, Kansas, Ole Miss, Wake Forest, Virginia Tech, Baylor, Georgetown and Howard.
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Huntley-Hatfield is the No. 8 overall prospect in the 247Sports ratings, the No. 7 overall prospect according to ESPN and the No. 5 overall player according to Rivals. 247 has Huntley-Hatfield originally ranked as the second-best power forward, while ESPN as him ranked as the best power forward in the class of 2022.
Originally from Clarksville, Tennessee, Huntley-Hatfield, currently plays at Scotland Performance Institute in Scotland, Pennsylvania. He recently transferred from IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, where he was teammates with current Tennessee freshman Jaden Springer.
Huntley-Hatfield has played AAU basketball with former Vols point guard Bobby Maze’s AAU program B. Maze Elite.
Kentucky is the current favorite to land Huntley-Hatfield according to 247’s crystal ball, which has all six predictions going to the Wildcats. Huntley-Hatfield’s cousin, Alex Poythress, played at Kentucky.
Tennessee was Huntley-Hatfield’s first scholarship offer on June 16, 2019, but has yet to take a visit. He has taken official visits to Ole Miss and Memphis, while taking unofficial visits to Vanderbilt and Kentucky twice. The only coaches to have visited him thus far are Kentucky head coach John Calipari and Joel Justus, twice.
The Vols just signed the No. 4 overall 2020 recruiting class in the country according to 247 thanks to the signatures of five-star combo-guard Jaden Springer, five-star shooting guard Keon Johnson, four-star power forward Corey Walker and three-star small forward Malachi Wideman.