From 33 to 18, Hepa survives first cut for Team USA U18 team
A 33-player pool of the country’s finest high school seniors were called into training camp in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Hepa, of Barrow High fame, is now among 18 finalists in a selection process by USA Basketball.
“We had 33 guys come here and all 33 competed hard,” USA U18 and University of Kansas head coach Bill Self said in a USA Basketball news release. “We were all impressed with how much it meant to all of them.”
The team will be announced later this week.
Hepa, a 6-foot-9 forward, is a three-time state champion and three-time Gatorade Player of the Year — twice in Alaska and most recently in Oregon after averaging 16.5 points, 10.4 rebounds, 6.2 blocks and 3.5 assists per game at Portland (Ore.) Jefferson High.