Hepa makes Team USA squad to head to FIBA Americas championship

ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - UPDATED 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, June 5, 2018:
Alaska's Kamaka Hepa has been named to the 2018 Men's U18 National Team, USA Basketball announced Tuesday afternoon.

Hepa, a 6-foot-9 player who started out in Barrow, Alaska, but later moved to Oregon to finish high school, is one of 12 young men who will suit up for the team for the FIBA (International Basketball Federation) Americas U18 championship in Canada.

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Original Story June 4, 2018:
Team USA Basketball announced its 18 finalists for the 2018 USA Men’s U18 National Team, and Barrow High School graduate Kamaka Hepa was among them.

In total, 33 players were invited to training camp, and a final roster of 12 will be announced on June 7 before the team leaves for the FIBA Americas U18 Championship in Canada.

Hepa will play for the University of Texas next season. If he makes the United States squad, the former Whaler will be in good company; former USA U18 players include Chris Bosh, Carmelo Anthony, and Kyrie Irving.

On June 8, West Valley Graduate Ruthy Hebard will represent Team USA at the FIBA 3x3 World Cup in the Philippines.

Hebard qualified after winning the 3x3 national championship earlier this spring with two fellow Oregon teammates Erin Boley and Oti Golden.

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