Brandon Huffman is a big of a throwback.
In an era when many centers want to learn to play other positions — inspired by no small part in the way pro basketball his migrated — Huffman wants to play center.
As in a true center.
Back to the basket. Bang. Be big. Rebound.
Huffman is a 6-foot-10, 230-pound class of 2017 center heading into his second year at Word of God in Raleigh, N.C.
Huffman has attracted growing recruiting attention of late, including a scholarship offer from Indiana and coach Tom Crean.
Word of God coach Brian Clifton talked with Peegs.com about Huffman, starting with the center’s strengths and weakness at this point in his development.
“The first thing about him is a 6-10 kid who doesn’t want to be Kevin Durant,” Clifton said.
“He doesn’t want to dribble it. He isn’t a point guard in a center’s body. He wants to rebound, block shots and play in close to the basket.
“As far as weaknesses, we’re still working with him on finishing over his left and right shoulder. He doesn’t have the variety of moves that some big guys have.
“But he makes up for that because he plays so hard. He’s super competitive. He’s not going to get pushed around, but he’s also composed. He doesn’t get caught up in the side stuff.”
Huffman, the son of a career military man, was off the radar in part because he started high school in Alaska.
The Huffmans have family in the Carolinas, so Word of God’s rising program was the choice for the center last season.
Even though he’s going into his senior year, recruiting is in the early stages.
Clifton sees a player who could fit in several different styles of play in college.
“He could because you don’t have to throw him the ball all the time. He’ll go get it,” Clifton said. “He’ll rebound. He’ll clean up everything around the basket.
“He has that size and he wants to be inside.”
As far as recruiting, Indiana recently offered a scholarship. Baylor, Georgia Tech, LSU, North Carolina, LSU, Oklahoma State, Tennessee, N.C. State, Memphis and others are also involved.
“His interest in all the schools is about the same because all this is brand new to him,” Clifton said. “At this time last year, he was virtually unknown.”
In the next few weeks, Clifton and the Huffmans are going to meet and discuss schools and see what visits they want to schedule.
At this point, Huffman has not made any official visits and doesn’t have any planned.
He has been on campus at East Carolina, USC, North Carolina, Wake Forest and attended a team camp at N.C. State.
Indiana became aware of Huffman last year when it was recruiting Rawle Alkins, a 2016 five-star guard, at Word of God.
“He spent time with Chuck (Martin) and with Tom. They both came to see us play. He was excited about that, but it’s early in the process,” Clifton said.
Huffman has a tie to Indiana.
Indiana point guard Josh Newkirk, who is eligible this season after transferring, played at Word of God. Newkirk and Huffman have been working out together during Newkirk’s breaks back home.
“He gets all the best info about Indiana from Josh,” Clifton said, adding Newkirk is thrilled with his experience at IU.
“For him to be at such a basketball school, such a historic school, with the way coach Crean has welcomed him and coached him, we couldn’t have asked for more.
“He’s incredibly excited. He loves Indiana. He loves how he’s been welcomed in by everyone and he couldn’t be more excited to play for a school like Indiana.”