Akoy Agau goes with 'gut' and picks Cards

Just three days after returning from his first official visit, Omaha, Neb., senior forward Akoy Agau was ready to make a commitment. He becomes the fourth member of the University of Louisville's Class of 2013.

Omaha, Neb., Central standout Akoy Agau kept asking his AAU coach and mentor, Scott Hammer, throughout the recruiting process how he would know when it came time to make a decision what school was right for him.

Hammer said he told the 6-foot-9, 240-pound native of Sudan that "your gut will tell you when it's right," the coach said.

On Wednesday, Agau listened to his gut and also said his "heart."

Agau committed to Louisville coach Rick Pitino and assistant coach Kareem Richardson when the two were in Omaha for an in-home visit. Agau had made his official visit to Louisville last month.

"We were sitting around and he was talking to his girlfriends mom," Hammer said. "Then he went out side with my wife and I could tell he had made a decision. It was a gut feeling. It's Louisville; what is there not to like."

Agau is the second commitment in three days for the Cardinals, who also landed Northwest Florida State College point guard Chris Jones on Monday. Hargrave Military Academy guards Anton Gill and Terry Rozier are also committed.

The four players are expected to sign with the Cardinals in November.

Fox SportsNEXT national analyst Evan Daniels said the four-player class moves into the No. 2 spot for the current class rankings, behind only Florida.

Agau picked the Cardinals over Georgetown and West Virginia among a host of other schools that were after him. He's not ranked in the Scout.com top 100.

He was expected to make a visit to Georgetown for the school's midnight madness. But he only needed one visit to find his future home.

"Just seeing what they have to offer and getting the feel of Louisville and the campus and their arena and their players, and seeing what kind of guys they are and how they work played a big part in it I think," Hammer said. "You could tell he was very excited and he felt like a big weight had been lifted off of his shoulders.

"He was ready and it felt right and he pulled the trigger."

Agau is a rare elite-level prospect from Nebraska and is heading into his fourth season at Omaha Central. The Omaha Journal-Star reported that Agau is the first in-state player that was such a hot national prospect since Andre Woolridge in 1991.

On his visit, Agau spent time with Gorgui Dieng and Mangok Mathiang. Dieng is a native of Senegal, while Mathiang originally comes from Sudan.

Agau said in an interview in June at the NBA Players' Association Top 100 camp that his family was displaced from Sudan by the war and spent time in Egypt before moving to the United States around 2002.

Agau has helped Omaha Central to the Class A state title three years in a row. 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.


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