3. Brandon Huntley-Hatfield commits
One day after four-star center Jonas Aidoo’s commitment confirmed that Tennessee basketball would at least be able to go two-deep in the frontcourt, Brandon Huntley-Hatfield further helped with that and became their star addition. A 6’10” 235-pound power forward out of Clarksville, Tenn., he became the Vols’ fifth commitment.
Initially a member of the 2022 class out of Scotland Campus Prep in Pennsylvania, Huntley-Hatfield reclassified as a member of the 2021 class. He is also a five-star across the board. Simply put, he became another superstar prospect to commit to Rick Barnes, and he and Kennedy Chandler could make for an epic freshman duo on Rocky Top this year.
Being a five-star and filling a position of need make Huntley-Hatfield far and away the most impactful addition to the Vols’ roster. His decision helped make sure the Vols would have options and potential advantages in the post, and he is another guy who could start immediately.
There was nobody of Huntley-Hatfield’s profile on UT last year. They had a couple of wings who could play the four, and still do have one, and they had a couple of fours who could play the five, but they didn’t have any elite talent who belonged firmly at the four. A guy like Huntley-Hatfield should immediately allow Barnes and the Vols to remain elite.