Agau: Defending title "special" opportunity

Incoming Cardinal Akoy Agau, who will play in the upcoming Kentucky Derby Festival Basketball Classic, visited with Cardinal Authority and discussed Louisville's NCAA Championship.

Omaha, Neb., Central's Akoy Agau is the University of Louisville's lone bigman in the 2013 recruiting class that will help defend the Cardinals National Championship next season. As a senior, Agau averaged 13 points and 6 rebounds, while helping Omaha Central win a fourth consecutive Class A state title.

Like most Cardinal fans, Agau, who signed with U of L in November, had moments of concern while watching his future school claim the title on Monday night.

"They got a bit of a test in the beginning," he said. "I was panicking a little bit, but with the team's past history and how the came back and won the Big East Champonship after being down to Syracuse by 17 and then being down against Wichita State, I knew that they would make a run."

Agau, a first-team All-State selection, who was honored as Nebraska's top player, credits Luke Hancock's late first half shooting as the critical moment in the game.

"Obviously they have a great coach and great players, so I knew we would start shooting well," he continued. "Then Hancock took the game over and hit the four three-pointers and the next thing you knew, the game was back to even. I think that was the turning point for us and then they carried it over in the second half."

Agau, who reached out to future teammate Anton Gill soon after the Cardinals claimed the school's third national crown, says the realization that they'll help defend the title is something that takes time to fully sink in.

"A little bit, but it's still sinking in," he told Cardinal Authority. "I called one of my future teammates, Anton Gill, and we talked about it for about ten minutes. I was like, 'we just won the championship.' It's unbelievable."

"Obviously it's a great accomplishment for the University of Louisville and to know that I'm going to be part of that next year is special."

Agau will participate in the Kentucky Derby Festival Basketball Classic at Freedom Hall on April 19. He'll team up with future Cardinal Anton Gill on the White Team.

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