Nebraska star to make official to U of L

Junior college point guard Chris Jones is scheduled to make an official visit to the University of Louisville this weekend. But he won't be the only official visitor the U of L staff will be hosting. Cardinal Authority has news on another visitor.

Omaha, Neb., Central High School standout power forward Akoy Agau, who picked up a scholarship offer in July from the University of Louisville, will make an official visit to the U of L campus this weekend.

The 6-foot-9, 240-pound Agau will arrive in Louisville on Friday and spend the weekend checking out the Cardinals' program.

Agau will join junior college point guard Chris Jones as the two prospects making official visits this weekend. Hampton, Va., point guard Cat Barber and California big man Marcus Lee both made visits last weekend.

"We'll be arriving Friday evening," Scott Hammer, who is Agau's AAU coach and mentor, told Cardinal Authority on Monday night. "It's his first official visit."

Hammer said Agau has a visit set up for Oct. 12 to Georgetown and could also visit either Memphis or West Virginia on Sept. 29. He's still considering those four schools along with Baylor and Nebraska.

"He's hasn't come out with an official list but he's pretty much down to those schools," Hammer said. "Missouri kind of came in late and Duke is trying to get him to hang around. But those are the school's he's looking at."

Agau has been in contact with U of L since late spring.

The native of South Sudan had a previous relationship with new U of L assistant coach Kareem Richardson, who recruited him as a freshmen when he was at Drake and later was recruiting him at Xavier.

"It just kind of worked out," Hammer said. "(Richardson) told him he had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to go to Louisville and work for coach (Rick) Pitino and Akoy asked if he had a scholarship to Louisville."

Richardson kept in touch and had Pitino watch him in July. On the same day Pitino watched him in Kansas City, the Cardinals extended an offer.

Agau is not ranked in the top 100 but had a stellar summer with his Team Nebraska Express and at individual events, including NBA top 100 camp.

He said in July that 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'."

Hammer said as Agau has gotten into the recruiting process his message to him was to learn as much as possible about the schools on his list.

"I challenged him to do research and learn the history of the schools," Hammer said. "Once he started, I think he was like, ‘What am I doing this for?

"But now I think he enjoys it. He's learned about the history of Louisville basketball and coach (Denny) Crum and the whole Pervis Ellison thing playing as a freshman and winning a national championship. He's become more intrigued."

Agau 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.

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