Brandon Huntley-Hatfield Announces Transfer Destination

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    Former Tennessee power forward Brandon Huntley-Hatfield is heading 247 miles away from Knoxville to the ACC. According to a report from Jody Demling of 247 Sports, Huntley-Hatfield will be transferring to Louisville.

    After wrapping up his freshman season with Tennessee in March, the Clarksville, Tennessee native entered the transfer portal on Apr. 10.

    Louisville and head coach Kenny Payne edged out four other teams to land the former Tennessee big man. On Ap. 15, Huntley-Hatfield announced a Top 5 consisting of SMU, Auburn, Wake Forest, Louisville, and Arizona State.

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    In his debut season with Tennessee, Brandon Huntley-Hatfield averaged 3.9 points, 3.0 rebounds, and 0.3 assists per game. The freshman found sparring minutes throughout the beginning and the middle of the season but was thrust into Tennessee’s starting lineup following an injury to Olivier Nkamhoua in February. Huntley-Hatfield would go on to join Tennessee’s starting lineup for the final 13 games of the season, improving his statistics to 4.6 points and 3.8 rebounds per game.

    The Louisville Cardinals finished tied for 11th in the ACC standings last season with a conference record of 6-14 and an overall record of 13-19.

    “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. “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.