S: Brandon Hatton | Dixie Heights High School | 2010 - 2011
BC: "The Colonels have two of the top players in the region in super sophomore Brandon Hatton, one of the most exciting players in the state..." - Jody Demling, Courier Journal
FC: Brandon Hatton Dixie Heights High School 2010 - 2011
3: Player Profile: Brandon Hatton Northern Kentucky Sports Blog by Rick Broering June 11, 2011 Name: Brandon Hatton Height: 6’1 Weight: 190 lbs School: Dixie Heights Class: 2014 Position: Shooting Guard/Point Guard Evaluation: Hatton has had a tremendous amount of attention since playing varsity as an 8th grader at Dixie. He's a lights-out shooter that can score from anywhere in the gym. He's an ultra-competitive player with a lot of swagger and toughness on the court. While he's a tremendous shooter with great range, Hatton is not just a stand still shooter. Although not the most athletic, he can get to the rim with a tight handle and by bullying defenders while using his superior strength. He's a creative shot-maker both from mid-range and around the basket. He's a high-level scorer but he did play the point guard position for a year as a sophomore and has the handle and willingness to run a team if necessary at the next level. Bottom Line: Hatton is the best shooter in NKY and the best overall prospect. He has New York City toughness and a chip on his shoulder that drives him to prove himself and play his best every time out. He knows he needs to get more athletic and has three years to work on it before college. He is already getting a lot of Division-I interest.
5: Bluegrass Ballers Louisville Sports Buzz Blog by Raashaan Myers July 22, 2011 The Louisville Magic AAU program has made a quick rise to the top of the 15 and under division. A combination of great coaching and elite talent has lead to quick success. Now they head out to Sin City and try to deliver another title or two to end the summer. Here is a look inside the program at the guys that make this machine work. Brandon Hatton – SG 6’2” 185 pounds Dixie Heights HS: To watch Brandon on the court it does not take long to see what he brings to the table. The kid gets buckets and he does is in different ways and can score in bunches. A deft touch from both midrange as well as from the arc Hatton is crafty with his handle to help create space to get off his shot. He can score on the spot up as well as off the dribble and is working on his play making and passing skills. From the state of Kentucky he actually prefers Tobacco Road as he is a big time UNC fan. Brandon so far has gotten interest from Tennessee, Texas, Xavier, Florida State, and some others. On joining the Magic: “This was the first time that we have all be playing together and it is kind of like an all-star team. We all have played against each other growing up and now finally we are getting to play together.” Strengths: “Seeing the floor and my shooting.” Needs to work on: “Getting faster and my jumping ability.”
6: Brandon Hatton bursts onto scene ScoutKentuckyPreps.com by Tyler Adkins February 1, 2011 Coach Ken Chevalier of Dixie Heights High School hasn't coached many players on the basketball court who were highly recruited to major programs. So it has been different for him hearing from coaches from the A-10, Big East, Big 12, Pac 10 and ACC conferences. What is even more unusual about hearing from them? They are calling about a freshman. Coach Ken Chevalier of Dixie Heights High School hasn't coached many players on the basketball court who were highly recruited to major programs. So it has been different for him hearing from coaches from the A-10, Big East, Big 12, Pac 10 and ACC conferences. What is even more unusual about hearing from them? They are calling about a freshman. Brandon Hatton a 6-2, 175 pound class of 2014 shooting guard is hearing from major programs from across the country. The schools that have inquired about him so far are Georgetown, Xavier, Virginia, Florida State, USC, Oregon State, and Texas. Most of the attention nationally started after Hatton went to the Fab 50 freshman camp in Chicago and was one of 20 players named to the All American game from the camp. Hatton started playing varsity basketball in the 7th grade and by the 8th grade was the starting point guard on a senior oriented team. Coach Chevalier said he mainly was used as a spot up shooter when the older guards would penetrate and dish to him. He averaged 13.5 points per game in that role as an 8th grader. This year Hatton was moved to his more comfortable position of shooting guard and has been lighting up opposing defenses averaging 19.5 points per game, including a 34 point outburst against Simon Kenton. In that game he scored in a variety of ways showing his versatility by driving to the basket, hitting threes from set plays and in transition, and also from the free throw line.
7: Hatton is what he coach called a “dead-eye shooter” who is averaging 47.6% from behind the arc and 89% from the free throw line. Chevalier said Hatton’s strength has really helped him develop his penetration game and he has no problem finishing through contact. With shooting as his calling card, Hatton said he is working hard on his quickness and leaping ability to be able to use penetration more to set up his shot from outside. Hatton will lean heavily on his family and coach during this process and the good news is his father is no stranger to the recruiting process. Scott Hatton, Brandon's father, played Division I baseball at Wright State University. His advice to Brandon on recruiting is simple, “I told him to listen to every coach to see what they have to say, relax throughout the process, and let God point you in the right direction. Brandon said he will make his college choice when the time is right but he doesn't see it coming anytime soon. “I am just waiting out the process right now, seeing what other schools contact me and listening to them” Brandon said. Although Brandon is going to wait a while before making his decision and his father is making sure it is Brandon's decision, “Whenever he feels like it's the right time and right situation we (his parents) are fine with it, because when it comes down to it it's his decision.” Hatton has taken one visit so far to Xavier on New Years Eve to watch the game against Florida. Brandon said he loved the visit and it was “really cool, they treated us great.” Although it's early in the process Hatton said as of right now Xavier and Florida State are recruiting him the hardest and at this moment Xavier, Florida State, and Texas would be his top 3. Hatton plans on visiting a few more schools this summer while traveling with his AAU team, Kentucky Select, over the summer but isn't sure which schools he will visit. Hatton is looking at a school with an all around atmosphere, “I want to go to a school that has a good basketball team, and a place where I can get a good education.” Growing up Hatton’s dream school was North Carolina because his teams name was always the Tarheels and he really likes the tradition of UNC, so it would be exciting for him to hear from Coach Williams. His father on the other hand would love for him to hear from Kentucky and Duke because in his words, “those two schools, to me, epitomize college basketball.” Coach Chevalier said Brandon can play in any style because he can score in transition with his quick release on his shot and is great at coming off screens, but needs to improve his conditioning so he doesn't become tired when he is being chased all game around them. Chevalier praised Hatton as a “humble, yes sir no sir kind of kid” who he sees as having a bright future on the hardwood.
8: 1000 CAREER POINTS
9: Doing the math Cincinnati Enquirer High School Sports Blog by Mike Dyer January 3, 2011 Dixie Heights guard Brandon Hatton isn't just one of the Northern Kentucky's leading scorers. It's possible he could become Northern Kentucky's leading scorer as in the leading scorer of all time. Hatton's still just a freshman, so there are a lot of variables at play. But the area record of 2,865 points, held by Highlands grad Scott Draud, could be in jeopardy in a few years. (Note: Northern Kentucky is kind of a loose term. And although technically Talbert Turner of Pendleton County finished his career with 3,183 points, Draud is commonly viewed as the area's scoring king. If nothing else, he's the Ninth Region's all-time leader.) Here's how Hatton's chances break down: Hatton scored 365 varsity points as a seventh- and eighth-grader. This season he's averaging 19.1. If he averaged 19 points a game for the rest of his career and the Colonels averaged 28 games a season — a pretty conservative estimate based on their current core of young talent — he would graduate with 2,493 points, about 500 short of Draud. But if he scored two more points a game every season and the Colonels averaged 30 games a season, his total would bump up to 3,005. In that case, he would edge Draud by 140 points. Again, there are tons of variables. During four years, anything could happen. Also, keep in mind that Draud played only four varsity seasons and played without a 3-point line. Nevertheless, his point total is what it is. And it's out there to be surpassed. Maybe by Hatton. No pressure kid.
10: 9TH REGION CHAMPIONS
15: Top winter playoff memories: NKY edition Community Press Preps Blog April 1, 2011 Dixie Heights 79, Newport Central Catholic 76 in four OT (Ninth Region final): I don't know how you pick one moment from this game, which is widely considered one of the best Northern Kentucky games of all time, and probably the second best Northern Kentucky game I’ve seen in person. There were clutch shots, including Brandon Hatton’s three to tie the game late in regulation, and Jake Giesler’s three to send the game to a fourth overtime. There were clutch free throws, including two key ones by Dixie reserve guard Juwan Evans and some high-arcing freebies by Dixie senior Frank Muntis. There was the determination shown by both teams, especially NewCath, who trailed most of the game including twice by double digits. Perhaps my favorite moment was just watching the jubilation among the Dixie players and coaches after their win, considering it was Dixie's first regional title in 54 years.
18: Dixie Wins First Regional Title in 54 Years Northern Kentucky Sports Blog by Ryan Suckow March 6, 2011 “Tonight was a dandy,” said Dixie Heights Head Coach Ken Chevalier. No truer words have ever been spoken. In fact, he may have undersold the outcome of the 9th Region Boys Basketball Tournament Championship game. It was a game that took not one, not two, but four overtimes before Dixie held on for good to defeat a resilient Newport Central Catholic team, 79-76. As far as the final score goes, it is about what most would have expected, with a close game from start to finish and a game that came down to the last possession more than once. The game had all the makings of a classic game, even before the first overtime. The game started as most games do for Dixie; with freshman guard Brandon Hatton aggressive off the dribble and scoring on their first possession. For NewCath, it could not have started any worse for Jake Giesler as he missed his first four shots of the game. Parker Stansberry followed Hatton with back-to-back threes on his way to a 10-point first quarter and just like that, Dixie lead 8-0. It seemed as if it was going to be one of those hot shooting nights for the Colonels. Andy Miller got NewCath on the board with a tip in, which was just the beginning of a big night for him. Giesler finally found success, getting to the line, but making just one of two free throws, which would be a reoccurring theme all night. A Matt Trammel three would put Dixie up 13-3, but NewCath would answer. Baskets by Brady Hightchew, Miller and Bueter would pull the Thoroughbreds to within three at 13-10 after a 7-0 NewCath run, but at the 2:30 mark, Stansberry would knock one down from deep again as well as knocking down a free throw at the end of the quarter. With six seconds left, Zeke Pike picked up a huge second foul, but Dixie still held a 17-12 advantage. The second quarter belonged to NewCath as Giesler would make his first field goal of the game and get fouled. Once again, Giesler couldn’t convert the three-point play after missing the free throw, but it looked to get Giesler going a bit. NewCath got more contribution from Miller as he weaved his way in for another bucket, and when Hightchew went out in the middle of the quarter, Jake Schulte came in to give them a shot in the arm with a basket to pull them to 20-18. While NewCath was making a comeback, Dixie was assisting them with sloppy play and costly turnovers. Jake Giesler would tie the game at 22-22, but a big two off the bench from Juwan Evans would give Dixie the 24-22 lead at half.
19: The third quarter started off a lot like the first as Hatton came out firing, knocking down a three in front of Dixie’s bench. With Pike back in, battling down low with Giesler for position and rebounds, Dixie regained some of the attitude and physical presence they lacked in the second quarter. The Pike and Giesler match was entertaining, and Pike got the better of Giesler, drawing a foul and knocking down both free throws. Hatton would stay hot for Dixie, hitting another three and extending what would eventually be a 10-0 Dixie run. Giesler would finally break their scoreless stretch, going yet again one of two from the line. Pike would pick up his third foul for Dixie and he would sit for the rest of the quarter. After a Trammel lay up pushed Dixie to a 40-29 lead, Hightchew answered late in the quarter with a fade away deuce to give him six for the quarter and cut the lead to single digits at 40-31. Then the real fun started. The fourth quarter started with a flurry of points from NewCath with two threes from Hightchew followed by Bueter on their way to a 10-2 run. But Stansberry got back into the action and cooled them off with a two to put Dixie up 44-41. With a chance to take the lead with the score at 46-44, Bueter hoisted a three, but missed the mark. Dixie would come back down and attempt to extend their lead, but Giesler turned into Dikembe Mutumbo and began swatting shots left and right. Then it was Miller time! Andy Miller made yet another huge shot, finally pulling NewCath into a tie at 46-46 at the 2:53 mark. Dixie called a timeout to try and stop NewCath’s mounting momentum.
20: Out of the timeout, Hatton put his scoring hat on and went to work, instantly getting another bucket to take a 48-46 lead. But Giesler wanted the lead, and got it with a two on the heels of a Hightchew free throw, and NewCath lead 49-48. Hightchew would score eight in the quarter, giving him 20 points for the game, but would not score another basket the rest of the way. At the 1:09 mark, Giesler would do it again, coming up with a big shot inside, putting the ‘Breds in position for the W. But Hatton would have something to say about that, because 12 seconds later Hatton would bury a three to knot it up at 51. NewCath held for the last shot, as Hightchew tried to draw a foul on a three with time expiring, but the referee’s elected not to call a foul and regulation ended with both teams tied at 51. Free basketball! In overtime, both teams decided to chew some clock. Miller again came up with another big basket to give NewCath the overtime lead at 53-51 with three minutes to go, and had a chance to push the lead out even further, but went came up empty on two free throws. Stansberry, who finished with 21 big points, hit another big shot of his own to tie things up again at 53, and it was on to additional four minutes with both teams only scoring two in the quarter. The scoring did not pick up much in the second overtime. Two Hatton free throws and a Stansberry layup accounted for the 4 points Dixie scored. Miller went 1-2 from the line, and once again, as did Giesler, which pulled NewCath to within a basket. With 16 seconds left, Giesler worked the paint and beat his man baseline for the tying score, and the second overtime ended in a 57-57 stalemate. Overtime number three was epic as scoring picked up for both teams. It looked like Dixie was going to end things early, jumping out to a 6-0 run and NewCath coming up empty on their first few possessions. But Giesler worked his tail off on the defensive end, coming up with big rebounds, eventually getting Pike to foul out and getting to the line. Another 1-of-2 trip to the line got NewCath to 63-58. And then Giesler got Stansberry to foul out, leaving Dixie with just one option to guard Giesler down low: Frank Muntis. Giesler would yet again only make one free throw on the following trip. Muntis and Giesler would trade free throws and Dixie would eventually go up five, 65-60. But the moment was again calling for one Andy Miller. He rose up from behind the arch and knocked down a three to pull NewCath to 65-63. Dixie had the ball out of bounds, but NewCath pressure caused a turnover and NewCath had the ball back with a chance to tie or take the lead. Bueter looked to drive, but got fouled, sending him to the line with a chance to tie the game at 65.
21: But Bueter only hit one, and NewCath would be forced to foul. They fouled Trammel who went 1-2, and Giesler had a chance to tie it up as well, but went to the foul line only making one of his attempts. When Trammel was fouled for the second time, he hit both shots to put Dixie up 68-65. It seemed as if Dixie, barring a miracle, would end a 54-year regional title draught. NewCath had one last chance, and as fate would have it, Giesler, NewCath’s biggest player, hit the biggest shot of his life, knocking down a buzzer beating three from the far corner as time expired in the third overtime. Dixie and NewCath were once again tied, 68-68. If this next line sounds familiar, raise your hand. Hatton started the fourth overtime with a three, giving Dixie the early 71-68 edge. Miller kept his act going, drawing a foul, but only connecting on 1-2 from the line, giving him 18 on the evening. Hatton held the hot hand and got off and running on a fast break, laying in an easy deuce, the last of his 24 points, to go back up by four. Giesler continued working, drawing a foul on a two, converting the old fashioned three-pointer, pulling to within one. Jordan Hassel, who had been quiet for most of the game, stepped up to hit two clutch free throws, which Giesler would answer with a basket and the foul, fouling out Muntis. With a chance to tie the game at 75, Giesler could not hit the tying free throw. Hassel was fouled, went back to the line, and again made both free throws. Giesler, again, would go to the rack, and make a two, giving him a game high 30 points on the night with 11 seconds left, but still trailed 77-76. Dixie would then put the fate of their season in the hands of sophomore Juwan Evans, who to that point only had two points in the game. Evans was fouled in NewCath’s last-ditch effort. He calmly stepped up and buried both free throws. NewCath would not come up with another season-saving basket, and one of the greatest games ever played, or as some might call it, “a dandy,” finally came to an end with Dixie Heights overcoming Newport Central Catholic, 79-76. Dixie's regional title is the first in 54 years, when they last won it in 1957. Dixie will now travel down to Lexington to play in the Sweet 16 Kentucky State Basketball Tournament on Wednesday against Lexington Catholic.
22: Dixie Heights' Hatton ready to add to offensive repertoire Cincinnati Enquirer by Richard Skinner November 27, 2011 After leading Ninth Region champion Dixie Heights in scoring at almost 19 points per game a season ago, sophomore guard Brandon Hatton is going to try adding to his offensive repertoire this season. Hatton is rated the preseason top player in Northern Kentucky by The Enquirer in a top-10 ranking that included input from area coaches. Last season as a freshman, the sturdily-built 6-foot-2 Hatton averaged 18.6 points per game primarily by scoring from the perimeter, but with last year's starting center Zeke Pike leaving school early to enroll at Auburn to play football, Hatton is going to get a chance to post up this season, too. As great of a perimeter shooter as he is his low post moves are exceptionally good as well," said Dixie coach Ken Chevalier. "Not only can he be that knock down shooter, but he can be really good inside and off the bounce, because he's strong when he drives to the rim and every year his body control has gotten better and when he gets fouled he's going to make free throws."
23: Hatton shot 53.1 percent from the field overall last season, including 41.7 percent on three-point attempts (61 of 147) and shot 83.2 percent from the foul line (127 of 153). If there's one thing Chevalier said he would like Hatton do more is look for his shot and chances to score. "He really lets the game come to him and doesn't force the action - there were probably five times or so last year he took a selfish shot or one that wasn't in rhythm - but he needs to understand he's always a scoring option either as a shooter, driver or posting up," said Chevalier.
24: Northern Kentucky’s top basketball player made his debut on the football field this past week Northern Kentucky Sports Blog by Rick Broering September 13, 2011 Dixie guard – and now wide receiver – Brandon Hatton played in his first live action for the football Colonels Friday night in their win over Conner 40-28. After joining the team just a month ago, Hatton had made a deal with head coach Tom Spritsky to sit out the first few weeks and get acclimated. “Brandon’s only been out for like four weeks. He and I had an agreement when he came out for the team,” Spritsky said. “He’s a tremendous athlete but he's a gifted basketball player. He hasn't played football since he was a seventh grader.” He didn't take long to make his presence felt though. On the first play from scrimmage Dixie quarterback Zeke Pike handed off to a running back on what looked like a sweep – a typical play for Dixie's offense that they use a lot, especially with running back Seth Bruns. However, this time it was different. The running back pitched the ball back to Hatton who was sprinting in the other direction. The newest addition to the Colonels ran toward the sideline with the ball, then stopped, looked downfield and delivered a strike to fellow receiver Jon Pitzer who was wide open and easily scored.
25: The play-call was creative and the execution was even more impressive. Hatton’s second play was nearly as big as the first as he first turned over the wrong shoulder looking for Pike's pass and then had to make a nice adjustment with a defender right up on him to haul in a 40-yard reception to put the Colonels inside the 10 yard line and set up their second score of the game. He also had a few more catches that went for short gains but he wasn't just asked to contribute on the offensive side of the ball. Hatton also lined up at cornerback and was put in charge of stopping Conner's top receiver and one of the top receivers in all of Northern Kentucky, Jake Mulderink. “Defensively we just asked him to lock up number 10 (Mulderink),” Spritsky said. “Just be an athlete and take 10 out of the game if you can because he’s the guy they wanted to throw the ball to.” Hatton's addition came at a good time for the Colonels. After starting 0-3, they were able to get back on track and win their first game. They now have a bye week before taking on their first district opponent, Boone County. The bye week will serve Hatton well as he's still trying to get up to speed on the playbook. “The system offensively is something he has to learn. He's working through it but he's not there yet,” Spritsky said.