On Wednesday, Oregon State finally dished out a long-awaited offer to Kamaka Hepa (Jefferson HS/Portland, OR), a rising four-star senior forward who is currently ranked as the top basketball recruit in the state of Oregon. Hepa competes during the summer on the Nike circuit for the Portland Basketball Club, the same program in which current Beavers 2018 commit Jack Wilson plays for.
2018 Portland Basketball Club PF Kamaka Hepa picked up an offer from #OregonState. He recently unofficially visited as well.— Josh Gershon (@JoshGershon) August 2, 2017
Hepa is a native of Barrow, Alaska, who transferred into Portland’s Jefferson High School before the start of last season. In just his first year on campus, Hepa helped the Democrats to the school’s first ever Class 6A State Championship. Through his increased level of exposure, both at Jefferson and through AAU basketball, Hepa is now considered a top-fifty recruit nationally, who holds offers from the likes of Arizona, Gonzaga, Miami (FL), Nebraska, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Oregon, Texas, USC, Utah, Washington and Wichita State, among others.
While it’s still an overwhelming mystery as to where Hepa may choose to end up playing his college basketball, early favorites for the 6’ 9”, 215-pounder include Pac-12 foes Arizona and Oregon, as well as Big 12 up-and-comer Texas. Hepa has already taken unofficial visits to Gonzaga, Texas, USC and Washington, but he’s currently set no time-table for his decision. However, if the Beavers were to land the gifted forward, it would show a flash of the school’s in-state recruiting prowess over rival Oregon.