Omaha, Neb., Central High School standout power forward Akoy Agau picked up a scholarship offer and moved way up the Cardinals' list after Pitino watched him play last Friday at an event in Kansas City.
The 6-foot-9, 240-pound Agau had a previous relationship with new U of L assistant coach Kareem Richardson and said the Cardinals have been involved in his recruiting process since Richardson arrived.
"We have a really good relationship and talk almost every day," Agau said. "I have talked to coach Pitino a few times and he was waiting to come and see me play in July. He came and then I called him and he offered me a scholarship.
"He really bragged about my game a lot. He said I did a great job."
Agau, who has proclaimed Georgetown as his "leader at the moment," said the Cardinals could make his short list. He plans on narrowing the list soon.
"No comment," he said when asked if Louisville getting involved changed his perception of what team was the leader in his process.
Agau is not ranked in the Scout.com top 100 but had a stellar summer with his Team Nebraska Express and at individual events, including NBA top 100 camp.
He said Pitino told him not to worry about rankings.
"He said of all the players in the top 10 or 15 of post players, that I pass and dribble better than all of them," Agau said. "And I was like, ‘I wish the world knew that.' And coach Pitino was like, ‘I will make it known'."
He also has offers from Florida, Missouri, Connecticut, West Virginia, Nebraska, Tulsa, Oklahoma State, Villanova and Cincinnati among others.
Agau said he's never been to Louisville but it's a school "that I will really, really, really consider. Rick Pitino is a great coach and it's a great program."
Agau, originally from Sudan, helped Omaha Central to the Class A state title last season. He had a triple-double 16 points, 13 rebounds and 14 blocked shots during the state championship final. In three state championships, Agau had 30 blocks.
The school has won three straight state titles.