Ryan has seen a lot of talent over the years on the high school scene, and the Badgers have expanded their recruiting horizons over the 2013 recruiting outside their usual Midwest comforts. After recruiting players in California, Connecticut and Kansas, UW has ventured into Central (NE) HS to look at 6-9, 235-pound senior Akoy Agau.
"My summer has definitely been going very well," Agau told Badger Nation. "I played a lot of games and my team did pretty good in some tournaments. I had lots of coaches come watch me play and got some more offers, so it went pretty good."
Already having a dozen offers from powerhouses like Connecticut, Georgetown, Louisville and Villanova, Agau – a three-star center ranked No.18 in the country by Scout.com - hasn't stopped from trying to get as many offers as he can, and one school that he is still interested in getting is from the Badgers.
"I would be interested on wanting to get an offer from them, definitely with the history Wisconsin has had," said Agau, who recently visited Nebraska and added new offers from Cincinnati and Oklahoma. "They have been so successful every year and going to the NCAA tournament all the time. I would be a contender in the Big Ten and they also have a great coach in head coach, Bo Ryan. That would definitely be a coach that I would love to play for."
Developing relationships early and often is just part of the process in securing a prospect and Wisconsin knows that with getting right to it with Agau.
"I have talk to them a few times and I think they came and watched me play a couple of times," said Agau. "I have talked to them all this summer."
While most of the nation is after Agau, he is not afraid to say why he feels that way by how he plays the game.
"I am very vocal and I pass the ball very well. This is the one thing I actually give myself credit for and that is my passing. I do a very good job at that and finding my open teammates."
This summer like most prospects that look to play on the next level, Agau worked on his game and feels like it was mission accomplish.
"I am just the type of player that is all over the floor. I can go in the post, but one thing that I had to work on was making quicker moves. Once I start establishing myself and doing what I do, then I will be commanding double teams, (make) quicker moves and just trying to avoid the double team before it comes over. Do like a quick jump hook or quick turnaround or something like that. Make quicker moves in the post and also kind of the same thing out in the perimeter. Just quicker easier things that don't take so much energy and trying to get the ball out quicker."
The Badgers might not be a contender right now in his recruitment, but that doesn't mean they can't become one and it will start with a visit.
"At this moment of visiting Wisconsin, (I'm) not sure at all," Agau said. "I have been in contact with the coaches for about a week or two and I don't know if we will end up setting something up. I have a friend that might be taking an unofficial up there first and then maybe an official. We have talked about taking an unofficial together, so that might happen."
That friend looking to maybe taking the trek up to Madison is Iowa guard Peter Jok. Wisconsin also has another advantage with Agau being close with a Badgers commit, too.
"Yeah, we are really good friends and we are also really good friends with Wisconsin commit, Bronson Koenig," Agau said. "He's a good player and a good guy."