Video: 2017 big man Brandon Huffman at Pangos All-American Camp

  • 08/16/2016 7:43 am in

Indiana has been tracking class of 2017 Word of God (N.C.) big man Brandon Huffman for quite some time and extended a scholarship offer on Saturday. Huffman was a teammate of former IU target Rawle Alkins last season at Word of God.

Huffman is ranked No. 211 nationally in the 247Composite, but has over 15 scholarship offers. Here’s a look at how the talented frontcourt player performed earlier in the summer at the Pangos All-American Camp, via Courtside Films:

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  • sarge

    Reminds me of watching TB highlights from high school. 6’9″ 235, even similar size. He has great timing and I love how he finishes and then runs back on defense. I know this is a highlight film, but he looks better than his ranking.

  • Trevor Howenstine

    he takes the same high percentage shot every time

  • TomJameson

    Looks like a good rim protector, good hands (a few of those passes were low and in traffic), and a pretty nice looking hook. I think the hook should be used more often (but not like the Louisville Hook). LOL

  • triple

    Based on that video I see the prospect of a good rim protector. But his positioning is a bit off on each block. I think at the NCAA level (versus a HS all star game) he would be called for fouls on most of those.

  • HoosierStuckInKY

    Yawn. A 6’9″ big guy dunking. Those open lane dunks will be a rare option against B1G competition. If you take those away, what do you have? This highlight tape reminds me of a Hanner highlight tape. He has potential, as do most big men with a little athleticism. If he can develop some post moves or a 17 ft. jumper he could be solid.

  • Kyl470

    Him running back on defense was my favorite part of the highlight as well. He didn’t dunk then pound his chest. He just ran back on D.

  • Kyl470

    I agree that he isn’t likely to be an immediate impact big man like Zeller, Vonleh, or Bryant. If he comes to IU hopefully he can develop into a solid rotational player.

  • Hardwood83

    You are absolutely right, a jump-hook is nearly unstoppable. No idea why it’s gone out of style.
    As for the sky-hook? I hated Kareem, but the guy hit a million of those shots and was nearly automatic within 10ft.

  • Hoosier Pride

    Hmmm… Like his size, seems to have some potential. Has quite a few high major offers (UCONN, Baylor, Pitt). Don’t like the fact all we saw were wide open dunks, and yes I realize this is highlight tape but would have at least liked to see one face up 10-15 foot jumper or heck, even a free throw attempt to see his form. All-in-all seems like an ok prospect but it seems this offer could mean Crean and co might feel they are losing traction on some of the other bigs they are after for ’17.

  • HoosierStuckInKY

    Check out some of his other highlight videos. They are full of fist pumps and yelling. They are also 98.27% dunks.

  • IUBizmark

    Looks/sounds like a big who is still developing…and I’d love to have him. We’ve had trouble recruiting bigs, for whatever reason. I hope that ends after Bryant and Davis take the world by storm because that’ll mean we’ve gotten 4 bigs drafted in 5-7 years depending on how long DD stays.

    Brandon Huffman looks like he’ll have strong upside and will be the defensive presence we covet at the rim. At worst he’d be a serviceable big man who can share minutes with other front court players over the course of his time at IU.

  • iufan35

    To quote another forum member: “but can he stuff it?”

  • Freemason

    Good hands. Maybe we can get a package deal with their pg..lol

  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    247 has him rated as the 50th best pf. hate to be this way, but doesn’t it seem like we should going after better than the 50th ranked in pretty much any position? jeez, even south dakota state landed the 37th best pf! maybe CTC sees another diamond in the rough, and hopefully he also gets KW and JT. i’m just hoping there’s a method to the madness, that this kid more closely resemble OG than JA (assuming we get him).

  • SilentBob

    The first bit is some hyperbole, but he does give out what look to be very painful high fives. He’s fiery, we’ll need that with Thomas leaving. Seems to have a great time playing the game, I like that.

  • HoosierStuckInKY

    Some folks make a big deal about celebrating. I really don’t care either way. If it helps the player stay engaged and pumps up their teammates, no big deal. If they’re the calm and cool type, fine. Whatever helps them stay in the game. Obviously there are unhealthy extremes for both sides, but as long as it’s controllable, it’s fine with me.

  • millzy32

    Is it just me or does this kid look like he’s 35 with the mustache and furrowed brow?

  • N71

    Crean has a knack for identifying guys that are just starting to blossom so I’m chalking this up as another case…I hope.

  • I am Baby Cakes

    What is this obsession with wanting a team of only “Joe Cools?” What is wrong with having a player is that going to go at the other team and get in their face once in a while?

  • Fivelefts

    It would be good to have a tough/servicable 4 year PF or C, that actually plays!

  • Fivelefts

    I don’t worry about CTC recruits anymore.. I trust him! He knows what this team needs, and he knows how to coach up the guys under the radar. We have a National Championship caliber coaching staff! No doubt about it! All we need to do, is to continue stockpiling talent and pairing them with 5 star studs! Our time is very near! I feel it more than ever!

  • IdahoHoosier

    Obviously there are exceptions to the rule, but often a player who is volatile on the court may hint at their being uncontrollable on and off the court doing ill-advised things. I agree with you that healthy passion and enthusiasm can be beneficial at times and fun to watch, but would you want a team of Draymond Greens who are always one word or action away from hurting the team?

  • I am Baby Cakes

    I want at least one Draymond Green on my team.

  • Bill Graham

    Very raw and unpolished but he’s very athletic and is built a bit stronger than Deng…I suppose if we are going to settle (or are forced to settle) for a less skilled big than Richards or Bamba then he’d be ok…2-3 years with Lyonel Anderson and he could be a beast.

  • SilentBob

    It’s true, but most of those people will forget all that when they see a player in candy stripes and start participating in the celebrations with them. I mean who wants to go to a game and just sit the whole time?Most every player celebrates at some point or another. As long as you aren’t making a horses… Ya know…. out of yourself, then have some fun out there.

    If we do get a player that crosses those lines, then I hope our staff and players, with the the help of their family and those close to them, will get that straightened out. I agree with most coaches when they say (paraphrased) “I’d rather have a player with too much fire and try to calm that down, than a player with no fire and trying to light one.”