Hampton Boosts Stock

Trey Hampton, a 6-7 junior forward, has roots in the north and south. Recently, he used the Kingwood Classic to boost his stock.

Coaches thought it may have been a misprint when Trey Hampton was listed as attending Hoover High in Alabama. The 6-7, 215-pound junior was playing with the Keystone Gators out of Pittsburgh.

However, Hampton moved to Pittsburgh when he was 2 and spent most of his childhood in the northeast before returning to Alabama prior to the start of high school.

Hampton got an opportunity to show non-southern schools what he could do at the Kingwood Classic a couple weeks ago and it's already paid off: Cincinnati has already expressed interest.

The athletic, versatile Hampton, who still needs to be able to knock down the perimeter jumper with consistency, missed nearly all of his freshman year at Hoover after suffering a broken left foot early in the season. Last season he averaged 21 points, 8 boards and 3 blocks per game.

Due to the rules in July, Hampton won't play with the Gators from here on out – he's joined the Alabama Challenge and his next stop is the Tournament of Champions on Memorial Day weekend.

Hampton said that Auburn, UAB and Birmingham Southern were the primary schools recruiting him prior to April, but now Cincinnati, Pittsburgh and Vanderbilt have gotten into the fray of late.

``I'd like to visit Cincinnati, Pittsburgh and maybe Georgia Tech," Hampton said. "My leader is Cincinnati and people down here aren't real happy when I say that. They want me to stay in the south, but I love the way Cincinnati plays – up and down and in transition."

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