The in-state matchup set for Dec. 28 between Kentucky and Lousiville just got a bit more important for recruiting purposes.
According to Jake Weingarten of Stockrisers, five-star power forward out of the class of 2022, Brandon Huntley-Hatfield, is set to visit Lexington for basketball’s version of the Battle of the Bluegrass.
Kentucky will host Top-10 sophomore Brandon Huntley-Hatfield for an unofficial visit on December 28th, a source told @Stockrisers. Staff had an assistant watch him two weeks ago.
— Jake (@jakeweingarten) October 8, 2019
The cousin of former Kentucky forward Alex Poythress, Huntley-Hatfield is viewed as one of the top players out of his class, with 247 Sports ranking him as the ninth-best player in 2022 and the second-best out of Florida. He currently attends IMG Academy, which has produced more NBA players over the years than I care to count (former ‘Cat Ramel Bradley attended IMG back in the early 2000s).
The 6-foot-8, 200-lb big is also receiving interest from Ole Miss, Baylor, and Tom Crean’s Georgia program. He is teammates with another top-tier prospect out of 2022, Jarace Walker, who is listed as the No. 4 recruit in the class and is also receiving some interest from the ‘Cats.
Here is what recruiting guru Evan Daniels had to say about Huntley-Hatfield back in July:
“One of the most impressive forward prospects in the 2022 class. He has good size for the position, a sturdy build and long arms. For his size and age, Huntley-Hatfield has an impressive skill level, and is a capable shot maker from mid-range and three. He wants to fade to the perimeter and hunt jump shots, which can hinder his overall productiveness at times. That said, he’s a tremendous talent and with continued development could be a one-and-done level recruit.”
Check out some of his highlights.