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Former Alaskan high school player, current top recruit commits to the Texas Longhorns

On Oct. 30, 2017, Kamaka Hepa, from Portland, Ore., commited to playing basketball for the Texas Longhorns. 247 Sports ranked Hepa at number 51 overall nationally among 2018 recruits and number12 at his position of power forward, acoording to BleacherReport.

Hepa told Corey Evans with Rivals.com, "At Texas, I just felt like I could help turn the program around. After talking to Coach Smart and Coach Darrin Horn, building a relationship with them, I just felt really comfortable with them. I trust them to help me to get where I want to be. That was a game changer for me, the relationship that I have with both Coach Smart and Coach Horn.They did a really good job of recruiting me this past year and I just felt like we had a really good relationship and trust them."

Hepa previously played basketball at his home high school of Barrow High school in Alaska. Hepa won two Gatorade Alaska Boys Basketball Player of the Year awards before his transfer to the Pacific NorthWest, according to BleacherReport.

Coach Ostanik told Danny Martin with Daily News Miner's that "Hepa impacts the game in so many ways, and he's a great team guy. 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."