Former West star Huffman now No. 1 center in North Carolina

June 8, 2016

For the last four decades, Alaska high school hockey players left home in search of better competition in junior leagues in the Lower 48.

When those players fared well nationally it only helped build the state’s reputation as a hockey hotbed.

Brandon Huffman basketball

Brandon Huffman

Basketball is hoping for the same effect, and Brandon Huffman of Anchorage is one of those players bringing The Last Frontier some respect.

In the last few years more prep players have left the state, including Huffman, who left West High following his junior season after the Eagles won the Class 4A state championship to attend the Word of God Christian Academy in Raleigh, North Carolina.

The 6-foot-9 Huffman has blossomed into the top center in the Tar Heel State, according to, and is among the best big men in the country.

He played on the Adidas Gauntlet Series last summer and started this summer with the Nike EYBL before moving back to Gauntlet Series.

Playing for Team Loaded NC, Huffman is averaging 11 points and 7.8 rebounds per game in the Gauntlet.

Last weekend he participated at the Pangos All-American Camp, where he was selected for the Top 30 Team and his team won.

This week the big man is in Italy with a U.S. Select Team.

Huffman has received a ton of interest from many major schools and has been offered a scholarship by Tennessee and Baylor among others.