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.
``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."