Hoosier Standout Narrows His Focus

This summer, forward Andy Hampton of Shelbyville (Ind.) High School displayed his versatility on the basketball court. He can play inside and he can play outside, but where he plays his college basketball is yet to be determined. Hampton has 18 Division I scholarship offers, but this week he narrowed that list down considerably and scheduled his first official visit.

The phone has been ringing off the hook this summer at Timothy Hampton's residence in Shelbyville, Ind.

Hampton, you see, has a 6-foot-7 son named Andy Hampton who's become very popular with college basketball recruiters after "blowing up" this summer playing AAU ball. Hampton is now rated the No. 4 prospect in the state of Indiana's 2005 class by TheInsiders.com.

According to Andy, one of the first schools to notice him was Central Michigan University. He said the Chippewas began recruiting him after the Kingwood Classic AAU tournament in Houston April 23-25.

"I really like the coaches at CMU," Hampton said. "I like everything I've heard about CMU and I think it could be a great fit for me."

Hampton said he was offered a scholarship by the Chippewas July 21. He has scheduled an official visit to CMU Sept. 1-2, his first official visit.

"Central Michigan is definitely his favorite at this point," said Tim Hampton, Andy's father. "I'd still like him to take a couple other visits and my guess is that he won't be making a verbal commitment until sometime in October."

According to Andy, the Chippewas are recruiting him to play small forward, a position he favors. Hampton also has the size and strength to play power forward though.

"I'm more of an athletic forward," said Hampton, who has a 35-inch vertical leap. "I like to take the ball strong to the hoop.

"I have a good mid-range game too and I can shoot the 3-pointer, although I don't that much in high school because I play inside," Hampton added. "The CMU coaches have told me they like my style of play and they see me playing at the three in college."

Hampton led Shelbyville High School to a 14-8 record last season after his family relocated there from Orlando, Fla. He averaged 15 points and more than seven rebounds per game for the Golden Bears and was an all-area selection as named by the Indianapolis Star.

Hampton averaged about 15 points per game this summer too while playing for the Indiana Elite, one of the top AAU programs in Indiana. He is now a hot commodity among Division I college coaches.

According to Hampton, he has 18 scholarship offers. Among the schools he is considering besides CMU are Southwest Missouri State, Eastern Kentucky, IUPUI, Furman and Appalachian State.

He is also beginning to receive heavy interest from Western Michigan University and the University of Nebraska.

"Western Michigan wants me to schedule an official visit and told me they would offer if I visited," Hampton said.

Soon, Hampton said he plans to make his college decision and sign a letter-of-intent with that school in November.

"I'm not looking for much in a school," Hampton said. "I just want to play for some good coaches and with some players who want to win.

"I'm a team first kind of guy," Hampton added. "I'm very competitive and I hate to lose."

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