Huffman on North Carolina offer: “It’s one of my dreams”

September 2, 2016

Brandon Huffman basketball

Brandon Huffman

Two years ago, Brandon Huffman of Anchorage reached the mountain top after helping the West boys basketball team win a state championship.

Now one of the faces of college basketball’s Mount Rushmore wants his help to win a national title.

The University of North Carolina has offered a scholarship to the 6-foot-9 Class of 2017 Pangos All-American. The Tar Heels are five-time NCAA champions and rank third all-time in wins.

“It’s one of my dreams,” Huffman told me.

Huffman attends Word of God Christian Academy in Raleigh, North Carolina, and is the No. 1 ranked center in the state. He is a veteran of the Adidas Gauntlet Series and Nike EYBL summer circuits, and was selected to a U.S. Select Team that traveled to Italy this summer.

Huffman and his dad visited with Tar Heels coach Roy Williams on Thursday before making the offer official.

“They’ve been recruiting me ever since I came back to North Carolina and it had happened with me and my dad sat down with Coach Williams on their campus yesterday and had a long talk,” he said.

In the last few weeks, other offers have rolled in from Missouri, Virginia Tech, Indiana and Providence.

But the Heels are special to him.

“I like it because it’s home and the history they have is good,” Huffman said. “There’s a lot of factors that go into deciding and I like Coach Roy. I’ve known him for a while and his history speaks for itself.”

He is originally from North Carolina but still holds ties with Alaska.

“I’m still an Alaskan,” said Huffman, who sports a 907 cell number.