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Kamaka Hepa announces transfer from Texas to Hawai’i

Kamaka Hepa, a 6-foot-9 forward who was ranked as one of the nation’s top high school basketball prospects in 2017-18, will be transferring to the University of Hawai’i.

Hepa, who recently completed his junior season at Texas, announced his commitment to transfer to the Rainbow Warriors through his social media accounts.

He lists his hometown as Barrow, Alaska, and lists his ethnicity as a combination of Hawaiian, Filipino, Inupiat (Eskimo) and Caucasian.

He received limited minutes during his three seasons at Texas, and entered the NCAA Transfer Portal after the 2020-21 season. He averaged 2.9 points and 1.0 rebounds per game as a junior. In his only start of the season, he shot 5 for 8 from 3-point range and scored 15 points. As a sophomore in 2019-20, he started 10 games and averged 2.8 points and 1.9 rebounds per game.

Although he was raised in Alaska, Hepa finished his high school career in Oregon. He averaged 16.5 points, 10.4 rebounds and 6.2 blocked shots per game as a prep senior at Jefferson High School, and was named Oregon’s state player of the year in 2018.

He was also a member of the Team USA U18 National Team in 2018, and was ranked among the top 50 recruits in the nation by several outlets.

KHON2 Sports reported the announcement

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