Barrow's 6-8 Hepa creating basketball buzz as 8th grader

Kamaka Hepa, a 6-foot-8 player who will be a freshman at Barrow this fall, was named the best 8th grader at an elite basketball camp last week in Nashville, Tennessee.

Hepa was one of 120 eighth and ninth graders at the Underclassmen Exclusive, an invitation-only showcase put on by CrossRoads Elite Basketball Camps. The lead coach for the two-day camp was Don Showalter, the head coach of Team USA's U17 national team.

Hepa, who was selected to play in the camp's all-star game, was named the top 8th grader by John Stovall, a recruiting analyst for ESPN.

"Hepa is a long and skilled post player that has advanced skill for his age and grade. Hepa has a chance to be the best prospect out of Alaska in quite some time," Stovall wrote on

Hepa is the younger brother of 6-4 Lynette Hepa, a former two-time all-state player for Barrow's girls basketball team.

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