Vols’ freshman forward and Tennessee native, Brandon Huntley-Hatfield, will transfer from the program, he tells On3.
“I want to start by thanking my family, friends, coaches, teammates and smokey the dog nation for an amazing year at the University of Tennessee. I have nothing but love for everyone who has been by my side throughout my journey. With that being said, I have entered the transfer portal. I am excited for what is to come and looking forward to exploring all opportunities for my basketball career,” Hatfield said in a statement to On3.
The 6-foot-10, 246-pound big man came into Tennessee as a highly-touted prospect — ranked 26th nationally to be exact — but played sparingly (12.5 min/game) during his lone season in Knoxville.
On the year, Hatfield averaged 3.9 points and 3.0 rebounds on 45.4% from the field.
Out of high school, Hatfield chose the Volunteers over Auburn, Ole Miss, Kansas, and Wake Forest. The big man also forged his senior year and reclassified from the Class of 2022 to the Class of 2021. He graduated from Scotland Campus Prep in Scotland, Pennsylvania, where he was coached by Chris Chaney. Prior to transferring to Scotland Campus Prep, he spent two years attending powerhouse IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida. Hatfield began his prep career at Clarksville Academy in his hometown of Clarksville, Tennessee, averaging 11.4 points and 6.0 rebounds as a freshman. He played his AAU ball with the BMaze Elite program, founded by former Tennessee point guard Bobby Maze (2008-10).