Arizona latest Pac-12 school to offer Hepa a scholarship

August 10, 2016

Kamaka Hepa basketball

Kamaka Hepa

Arizona became the fifth school from the Pac-12 Conference to offer a scholarship to nationally ranked high school basketball player Kamaka Hepa of Barrow.

The Wildcats put in their offer today, joining Stanford, Oregon, Washington State and Utah as Pac-12 teams to recruit the 6-foot-9, national top-20 forward.

Oregon, Utah and Arizona finished 1-2-3 in the league and all three were ranked top 20 nationally last season.

Hepa put together a string of strong performances at this summer’s showcase events, such as the Nike EYBL, Pangos All-American Camp, Nike Elite 100 Camp and West Coast Elite 100 Camp, with the Portland Basketball Club.

Since then he has received 14 offers from major schools in made-for-TV conferences.

His signature moment in the EYBL came in Indianapolis, Indiana, where he helped the Portland Basketball Club go 3-1 against some of the best AAU clubs in the country.

In the game against Cal Supreme, Hepa was matched up against 6-9 Shareef O’Neal, son of former NBA star Shaquille O’Neal.

Hepa lit it up with 17 points, seven rebounds, five assists, two steals and two blocked shots in a 63-50 victory. O’Neal finished with just 11 points and two boards.

Hepa will be a junior at Class 6A Jefferson High in Portland, Oregon, after transferring from Barrow at the end of his sophomore year.

In his only two years in Alaska, Hepa was a two-time player of the year and led the Whalers to back-to-back Class 3A state titles.