Former Tennessee power forward Brandon Huntley-Hatfield officially entered the transfer portal on Sunday, Apr. 10.
On Friday afternoon, Huntley-Hatfield announced his first Top 5 from inside of the portal. Huntley-Hatfield’s list includes SMU, Auburn, Wake Forest, Louisville, and Arizona State.
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Huntley-Hatfield worked his way into Tennessee’s starting lineup about halfway through conference play this year after Olivier Nkamhoua suffered a season-ending injury in February. The former freshman’s first start came against Mississippi State on Feb. 9 and continued for the final 13 games of the season.
The former five-star prospect averaged 3.9 points, 3.0 rebounds, and 0.3 assists per game in his first collegiate season at Tennessee. Once Huntley-Hatfield moved to the starting lineup, though, his numbers did improve to 4.6 points and 3.8 rebounds per game. However, Huntley-Hatfield’s struggle with consistent play, specifically on defense, did contribute to his overall season narrative. With the right coaching and development, Huntley-Hatfield can still blossom into a valuable piece for a collegiate basketball team.
“It has truly been a blessing and a honor to have played for my home state and VOL Nation!” Huntley-Hatfield said in his goodbye message to Tennessee on Sunday. “To the fans: You are awesome! I would like to thank you for welcoming me with open arms.”