ESPN No. 62 ranked high school senior Kamaka Hepa has committed to Texas.
The 6-9 forward out of Jefferson High School (OR) averaged 12.8 points and 6.8 rebounds on 41 percent shooting from three for Portland BC this summer in the Nike EYBL.
Hepa, an Alaska native, led Jefferson to the state title.
The previous season in 2015-16, Hepa averaged 19.2 points, 11.8 rebounds, 3.2 blocks for Barrow High School (Alaska), leading the team to the Class 3A state tournament championship.
“At Texas, I just felt like I could help turn the program around,” Hepa told Rivals. “After talking to Coach (Shaka) Smart and Coach Darrin Horn, building a relationship with them, I just felt really comfortable with them. I trust them to help me to get where I want to be. That was a game changer for me.”
Frank Ostanik, coach of Alaska’s Monroe Catholic HS, said Texas is getting a versatile big in Hepa.
“Hepa impacts the game in so many ways, and he’s a great team guy,” coach Ostanik told the Daily News-Miner. “You have to guard him out to the 3-point line and if you double him, he has extraordinary vision and easily finds his teammates. I rarely ever see him take a bad shot.”
The Longhorns best out the likes of Oregon, Oklahoma, Miami, Utah, and Wichita State to land Hepa.
At Texas, Hepa will join fellow 2018 recruits No. 40 Gerald Liddell, No. 27 PF Brock Cunningham, and No. 34 C Jaxson Hayes.
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