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Report: Five-Star Freshman Forward Entering Transfer Portal

Rick Barnes on the sideline during a Tennessee game.

NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE - MARCH 16: Rick Barnes the head coach of the Tennessee Volunteers gives instructions to his team during the 82-78 win over the Kentucky Wildcats during the semifinals of the SEC Basketball Tournament at Bridgestone Arena on March 16, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Fresh off an SEC Tournament triumph, Tennessee's men's basketball program could lose one of its top underclassmen.

According to Matt Zenitz of On3Sports, five-star forward Brandon Huntley-Hatfield has entered the transfer portal.

Huntley-Hatfield started 13 of 35 games played as a freshman, averaging 3.9 points and 3.0 rebounds in limited playing time. The 6-foot-10, 246-pound big man from Clarksville played 22 minutes in consecutive SEC Tournament victories, tallying 10 points against Mississippi State and eight points with six boards in a semifinal win over Kentucky.

Per On3's Joe Tipton, Huntley-Hatfield thanked loves ones, staff, and Tennessee's mascot upon declaring his intentions to pursue other programs.

“I want to start by thanking my family, friends, coaches, teammates and Smokey the dog nation for an amazing year at the University of Tennessee," Hatfield said. "I have nothing but love for everyone who has been by my side throughout my journey. With that being said, I have entered the transfer portal. I am excited for what is to come and looking forward to exploring all opportunities for my basketball career.”

Huntley-Hatfield became the fifth Tennessee player to enter the transfer portal after the season. Kennedy Chandler also declared for the NBA Draft after leading the team in scoring in his first year.

Rick Barnes' squad could look a lot different entering the 2022-23 season.