Once again, a Texas-bound talent is competing for a spot on the Team USA U18 national team with prized power forward signee Kamaka Hepa becoming the latest to represent the Longhorns, as he is one of 32 players who were invited to training camp in Colorado.
Congrats to incoming freshman @kamaka_hepa4 - invited to @usabasketball U18 National Team training camp (May 31-June 2 in Colorado Springs). #HookEm— Texas Basketball (@TexasMBB) May 9, 2018
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A four-star prospect, Hepa is one of five members of Shaka Smart’s latest top 10 recruiting haul, and he’s set to arrive this summer as a three-time Gatorade Player of the Year honoree. Hepa won the award as a freshman and sophomore in Alaska, and most recently, as a senior standout at Portland (Ore.) Jefferson in which Hepa averaged 16.5 points, 10.4 rebounds, 6.2 blocks and 3.5 assists per game as the headliner of a 25-win squad that finished as the Class 6A runner-up.
Such efforts earned Hepa praised as the top-ranked talent in Oregon and the No. 54 player nationally, per the 247Sports Composite.
Current point guard Matt Coleman and former Longhorns big men Mohamed Bamba, Jarrett Allen and James Banks have each represented Texas on Team USA throughout Shaka Smart’s tenure in Austin.
Finalists for the 2018 Team USA U18 team will be announced on June 2.