Five-star forward Brandon Huntley-Hatfield commits to Tennessee basketball
Brandon Huntley-Hatfield committed to Tennessee basketball on Thursday with the intent to reclassify to the 2021 class.
"I am coming back and home and committing to play for coach Rick Barnes and the University of Tennessee," Huntley-Hatfield said on Instagram.
The five-star forward is the highest-rated forward to commit to the Vols under Rick Barnes. He is the No. 21 player in the 2021 class in the 247Sports Composite.
He was ranked as the No. 6 prospect in the 2022 class in the 247Sports Composite.
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The 6-foot-9, 230-pound Huntley-Hatfield is Barnes' fifth five-star recruit at UT and the second in the 2021 class. Kennedy Chandler, the No. 2 point guard in the nation, signed with Tennessee in November. Chandler previously was the highest-rated player to commit to UT during Barnes' tenure.
"It has always been a dream of mine to play on the next level," Huntley-Hatfield said. "I would thank to my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, for blessing me with ability to play the game of basketball. I know without him I would not be where I am today. I would like to thank my family for their continued support and unconditional love through this process. I am blessed to have them along this journey with me."
Jonas Aidoo, the No. 60 prospect in the 2021 class, was the highest-ranked post player to commit to Barnes at UT prior to Huntley-Hatfield. The 6-foot-11 center committed Wednesday.
Josiah-Jordan James was the first five-star prospect for Barnes in Knoxville when he signed in the 2019 class. Keon Johnson and Jaden Springer signed in the 2020 class.
Huntley-Hatfield completed his high school career at Scotland Campus in Pennsylvania. The Clarksville, Tennessee, native played at IMG Academy with Springer in the 2019-20 season.
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