'Farm boy' from Nebraska ready to show out

University of Louisville basketball signee Akoy Agau will be making his first appearance in front of his future fans this weekend. Agau is one of four U of L newcomers that will be participating in the Kentucky Derby Festival Basketball Classic to be held Friday night in Freedom Hall.

Akoy Agau is the lowest rated recruit in the University of Louisville basketball's Class of 2013 recruiting class, which will enroll this summer.

So, the 6-foot-9 Agau wants to make a good first impression.

Agau, who won four state titles at Omaha, Neb., Central High School, has that opportunity this weekend. He will play for the first time in Louisville on Thursday at the Night of the Future Stars at Floyd Central and Friday in the Kentucky Derby Festival Basketball Classic in Freedom Hall.

"I am very excited and very ready to come here," Agau said. "I want to go out there and show the fans why coach Pitino came and got me."

The native of Sudan got a laugh from the media assembled at his interview on media day when asked what he wanted to show the crowd?

"That Pitino didn't come get a farm boy from Nebraska for no reason, that I have a little game," Agau said with a chuckle.

Agau, who signed with the Cardinals in November, was named first-team All-State and earned the Omaha Journal Star "Super State" honors. He was also named honorary captain of the newspapers All-State team.

Agau averaged 13 points and six rebounds a game as a senior and helped Omaha Central to a fourth consecutive Class A state title.

Agau averaged 12 points a game for his four-year career.

"Being used to winning in high school and the rich tradition Louisville has had through the years, I think it's going to propel me and get me ready for this next level and get me ready to compete," he said. "I've accomplished a lot (in high school) and now I am making new goals for college."

Agau said he was a "tad bit" jealous watching U of L win the national title and "wishing it was us next year," but he was "so happy for them."

Now, Agau is ready to come in and help the repeat efforts. He said he watched Chane Behanan and Montrezl Harrell a lot this season and wants to come in and give those guys some added competition.

"I've been working on things to be able to make bigger moves like Chane," he said. "Chane takes one dribble and he scores. And every time Harrell gets a dunk he screams and is just so physical and always on the floor.

"A combination of both of those things is something I am going to need to be able to do, especially if I want to get on the floor. I know I am going to have to compete with those guys and I am excited.

"Whatever my role is on the team, I am going to take it on 100 percent."


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