A major transfer is set to visit UofL to check it out and see if this is the place to continue his college career. Brandon Huntley-Hatfield will be visiting UofL this weekend April 23rd and 24th per CBS Sports Jon Rothstein.
Tennessee transfer Brandon Huntley-Hatfield tells me that he has set the following visits:— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) April 18, 2022
SMU (April 18-April 20)
Auburn (April 21-April 22)
Louisville (April 23-April 24)
Arizona State (April 29-May 1)
Wake Forest (April 25-April 27)
This coincides with the nation’s largest fireworks extravaganza “Thunder Over Louisville.”
Huntley-Hatfield is a former 5 Star recruit that plays power forward/center. He stands 6’10 and weighs 246 lbs. As a prospect, he was ranked the 26th overall recruit in his class and the 7th-ranked at his position. While being listed as being from PA, he’s actually a Clarksville, TN native. For those wondering, yes that is the hometown of Louisville Legend Marques Maybin.
Louisville was one of many offers Huntley-Hatfield had received as a recruit before choosing TN. He also held offers from uk, Kansas, Baylor, Florida State, Auburn, and Memphis, among others. He reclassified from 2022 class to the 2021 class to join the Volunteers.
Huntley-Hatfield did not get to play much at Tennessee. While he did play in every game, he only averaged 12.5 minutes per game. During his time on the floor, he averaged just 3.9 ppg and 3 rpg. He did have some impressive games during his freshman campaign, however. In two games against uk, he had 11 points and 3 rebounds and 8 points and 6 rebounds. In a game against National runner-up UNC, he had 6 points, 5 rebounds, a block, and a steal.
Huntley-Hatfield is a post player that can finish with authority around the rim. He’s powerfully built and has good athleticism. When he gets the ball, he can face up and drive to the basket. He’s actually a very good shooter as well that can hit anywhere from about 15-19 feet and in. I actually think he maybe able to extend the range to beyond the arc. One impressive thing from his limited season highlights is his passing ability. He’s a very good passer from the post with good vision. Being a willing passer from the post is something UofL has lacked in recent years.
Getting a talent like Brandon Huntley-Hatfield on campus is excellent work by the new UofL staff. While his season averages statistically aren’t great, the talent is evident. It could be due to his reclassification from 2022 to 2021. He would’ve been a senior in high school had he not reclassified. I think if UofL is able to land his commitment, it would provide a impressively talented big man. Even at his size, I think he can develop into a stretch-4 type and play along side Sydney Curry or take the center position and provide matchup problems for opponents. It’s a truly exciting prospect of him becoming a Card because of Coach Payne’s known prowess of developing big men. You would have to imagine that if Brandon Huntley-Hatfield were to join UofL, Coach Payne would absolutely help him reach his full potential. Let’s hope he’s impressed with the visit. I think showing him the big fireworks and air show could definitely help.