Four-star sophomore power forward Kamaka Hepa has transferred from his school in Alaska to Portland (Ore.) Jefferson for his junior season, according to The Oregonian.
Hepa just took home his second consecutive Gatorade Alaska Boys Basketball Player of the Year honor, averaging 19.0 points, 12.0 rebounds, 3.1 blocks, 2.8 assists and 2.1 steals per game during Barrow’s run to Alaska’s Class 3A state championship this past season.
“Hepa impacts the game in so many ways, and he’s a great team guy,” said Fairbanks (Alaska) Monroe Catholic head coach Frank Ostanik. “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.”
Jefferson reached Oregon’s Class 6A state semifinals this winter, thanks to a young core that includes First Team All-Portland Interscholastic League junior guard Geno West and Second Team All-PIL freshman guard Marcus Tsohonis, who Strickland described as “the best freshman in the state — perhaps one of the best freshmen on the West Coast.”
Hepa & Co. will be tasked with snapping West Linn’s string of four consecutive Class 6A state titles, although that task is a whole lot easier with Payton Pritchard off to Oregon.