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Texas lands commitment from Kamaka Hepa

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LOS ANGELES, SATURDAY, MAY 27, 2017: Nike EYBL session 4 at the Sports Academy. Kamaka Hepa #33 of Portland Basketball Club makes post move to the basket. NOTE TO USER: Mandatory Copyright Notice: Photo by Jon Lopez

Jon Lopez

Texas has landed a commitment from Kamaka Hepa, a top 50 prospect in the Class of 2018.

Hepa is the fourth commitment in the class for Shaka Smart, all of whom are forwards. Hepa can hit threes - he shot 42 percent from beyond the arc in the EYBL - but he’s a four, as is Jaxson Hayes, a three-star prospect out of Ohio. Texas has also landed commitments from Gerald Liddell and Brock Cunningham, four-star in-state wings.

Hepa is a great get for Texas from a talent perspective, but he’s also one of the most fascinating prospects in the country. He’s an Inupiaq (Eskimo) from Barrow, Alaska, and would be the first of his people to play Division I basketball. His hometown is, essentially, the North Pole. I wrote a long story on him over the summer.