Huffman’s big-man post game piques interest of major colleges

August 5, 2016
Brandon Huffman basketball

Brandon Huffman

Brandon Huffman is a dunk waiting to happen.

The 6-foot-9, 230-pound power forward from Anchorage is just about impossible to stop once he gets his big body positioned inside the paint.

His signature finish is a thunderous two-handed slam where he tries to rip the rim down.

He jams better than Smucker’s.

“My goal is to dunk everything that’s not a post move,” he told me.

He goes big on and off the court. That’s his style.

“Yeah, I’d say I’m a real outgoing, loud guy,” he said with a laugh.

Huffman, of West High fame, is entering his second season at Word of God Christian Academy in Raleigh, North Carolina. He left Alaska after his junior season of high school in which he helped the Eagles win the Class 4A state championship.

A veteran of the celebrated Adidas Gauntlet Series and Nike EYBL summer circuits, he has emerged into one of the best post players in the country. National recruiting services rank him anywhere between No. 20 and No. 35 for his position.

Huffman plays big on the court, an active rim runner and offensive rebounder. He knows how to utilize his size and strength to get easy baskets in the post.

He has piqued the interest of college coaches, who have zeroed in on the Class of 2017 standout. In the last few weeks alone he has received offers from LSU, Pitt, Seton Hall, Georgia Tech, UNLV and Oklahoma State.

“It feels good but I’m far from done,” Huffman said. There’s a lot more to accomplish.”

He wants to go to a school where he fits in the system and feels comfortable in the classroom. He plans to take his time throughout the recruiting process. He plans to take his official visits before making his decision on which school he will attend next fall.

“There are a lot of factors,” Huffman said.

The former Alaska all-state player gained even more exposure in June when he was selected to the Adidas EuroCamp U.S. Select Team that traveled to Treviso, Italy, for three games.

“It was insightful and I learned that the competition overseas is a lot different,” he said.