Whalers' Adams, Hepa sign college letters of intent
Travis Adams realized a dream last Thursday when he signed a collegiate letter of intent to play basketball next season at the University of Alaska. He was one of six athletes to sign with UAA during the week.
A two-sport standout at Barrow High School, Adams has been one of the key parts to a Whalers program that has reached the Class 3A State Tournament in each of the past three seasons. As a freshman and sophomore, Adams teamed with Kamaka Hepa to power Barrow to back-to-back state titles.
Hepa, who transferred to Oregon following the Whalers' 2015 championship, recently signed a Division I scholarship with the University of Texas.
"I have wanted to play college basketball my whole life, so it is a dream come true," Adams told the Anchorage Daily News after signing. "And it is even more exciting because my family and all of my supporters in Barrow and Alaska can watch and keep supporting me."
During his first three seasons with the Whalers, Adams has scored almost 1,200 points and led Barrow to more than 60 wins.
In October, Adams helped Barrow achieve another first. He helped lead the Whalers to a victory over Homer in the Division III State Football Championship game.
At UAA, Adams will be paired with another familiar face in Grace Christian's Tobin Karlberg. Karlberg was the 2016 Class 3A Player of the Year.
Hepa completed his journey to the NCAA ranks earlier this month when the 6-foot-9 power forward inked a national letter of intent with Shaka Smart and the Texas Longhorns. One of the nation's top recruits, Hepa helped lead Portland's Jefferson High School to the Class 6A State crown last season.
"After talking to coach (Shaka) Smart and coach Darrin Horn, building a relationship with them, I just felt really comfortable with them," Hepa said after choosing UT over Gonzaga, Southern California and Arizona.
Hepa is the son of former Barrow Lady Whalers' head coach Roland Hepa.