Akoy Agau commits to Louisville

University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino and his staff have picked up a second verbal commitment in three days. The Cardinals have landed a verbal from forward Akoy Agau of Nebraska. Cardinal Authority has the latest.

Omaha, Neb., Central High School standout power forward Akoy Agau visited the University of Louisville last weekend and hosted Rick Pitino and assistant coach Kareem Richardson on Wednesday night.

And that's when he gave the Cardinals a verbal commitment.

The 6-foot-9, 240-pound Agau had a previous relationship with Richardson and said the Cardinals have been involved in his recruiting process since Richardson arrived. He landed an offer from U of L in July.

"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, a native of Sudan, picked the Cardinals over Georgetown and others.

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 in a recent interview 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'."

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.

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