N.C. center Brandon Huffman has interest from Pac-12, Big Ten, ACC, others

Junior center Brandon Huffman proved himself one of the best frontcourt prospects at last weekend’s Elite 75. In his first year at Raleigh (N.C.) Word of God, Huffman intends to build on the promising reviews he has generated this fall.

The 2015-16 season could become a pivotal one for Brandon Huffman. A 6-9 junior center from Goldsboro, N.C., who has lived on both coasts due to his dad’s military service, Huffman now attends stacked Word of God and will be an intriguing prospect for college coaches to monitor this season.

Huffman will have to concede the limelight, of course, given that he’ll be surrounded by multiple perimeter weapons such as likely McDonald’s guard Rawle Alkins.

Nevertheless, at the Elite 75 he showcased a desire to impose himself physically and the mobility and finishing instincts to rack up production. He enjoyed a significant height advantage over most of the camp, but still: big guys deserve credit for playing like big guys.

Having attended high school in Anchorage, Alaska the past couple years, Huffman naturally sports a list of suitors oriented toward the West.

Rhode Island. Utah State, Colorado, Northern Colorado, Portland State, Memphis, Buffalo are some schools,” Huffman said. “Also, I’ve heard from NC State, IndianaNew Mexico and Oregon State.”

He hopes to make the most of his time on the opposite side of the continent.

”I love it at Word God,” Huffman said. “It’s a great community, a great atmosphere, we get pushed hard and the educational part of it is good, too.”

He doesn’t perceive any need to rush, given that he has another 14 months before national signing day.

“I think I’m in the best position I can be in right now and am just trying to see what happens and get better while I have the opportunity,” he said.

Word of God will play a national caliber schedule this season, so coaches, scouts and everyone else will get to observe Huffman face a steady diet of formidable tests. In November, for example, he’ll go head to head against Kentucky commit Sacha Killeya-Jones and Arizona State pledge Jethro Tshisumpa.

For now, though, the acclimation process appears to be going well and the improving big man will enjoy multiple opportunities this winter to exhibit his own major conference credentials.


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