Former Vol Brandon Huntley-Hatfield Announces Top Five

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    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.”

    Ric Butler is a Knoxville based sports media personality who has covered University of Tennessee athletics since 2017. Most recently, he served as the lead writer for the website of a local radio station. Ric also helped create and host a daily radio show called “The Blitz." Ric’s passion for sports, smooth vocal, and infectious personality have made him popular with both his peers and Vol Nation. Originally from Dallas, Ric didn’t grow up riding horses to school. But he did dream of the big city lights. When not chasing down the latest Tennessee story, Ric can be found watching the WWE, often attempting their moves in an embarrassing fashion.