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Louisville strikes big with Agau

Rick Pitino had two major goals for Louisville's 2013 recruiting class: Find an impact point guard to replace Peyton Siva and land a skilled big-man for the Cardinals frontcourt.

Akoy Agau is a big addition to Louisville's rising '13 recruiting class

Monday, Pitino filled Louisville's need at the point, securing a commitment from Chris Jones, the nation's top-ranked junior college prospect. Wednesday night, the UofL coach met his program's other pressing recruiting need when Akoy Agau, a skilled 6-9 PF/C from Omaha (NE) Central, verbally committed to the Cardinals during an in-home visit with Pitino and assistant Kareem Richardson.

"They see me as a guy who can do a little of everything and make plays for teammates," Agau told InsideTheVille.com recently. "They are going to utilize all my strengths and put me in a position where I can be successful and also help out the team with all the abilities that I have.

"Me being able to play the three and four, they were talking about using all my strengths. I can play inside, out. I think something I do really well is pass out of the post and find my open teammates. I can handle the ball a little bit, shoot, pick and pop and post-up."

Louisville definitely likes to use its big men in pick and roll situations, something Agau believes would suit his abilities.

"I've watched them play," Agau said. "They had Gorgui [Dieng] rolling a lot and I would kind of be like that, but I think I'm a little more versatile. He rolled all the time and I think I can pick and pop and drive to the basket and make plays for my teammates or myself."

Agau's commitment caps a great week on the recruiting trail for Louisville, which fulfilled both major recruiting needs in one fell swoop. It also signifies that the Cardinals made the most of last weekends official visits, securing commitments from both players - Agau and Jones - that visited campus. Besides Jones and Agau,the No. 96 prospect nationally and the 24th-best power forward in his class, Louisville also has commitments from Hargrave Academy guards Terry Rozier and Anton Gill. Gill is rated the No. 39 overall prospect and 10th-best SG nationally by 247Sports. Rozier, a 2012 UofL signee who failed to qualify academically, is ranked No. 87 nationally and 247Sports 19th-best PG.

"I would rank Louisville's recruiting class No. 2 nationally behind Florida right now," said 247Sports recruiting analyst Jerry Meyer.

Agau, who averaged 12 points, 7 rebounds and blocked 97 shots as a junior, led his team to the Nebraska state title last season, Central's third consecutive state championship. Agau blocked 30 shots in three state championship games last season, posted a triple-double (16 points, 13 rebounds and 14 blocks) in the state championship game.

Akoy Agau - Omaha Central HS - Class of 2013

Agau chose the Cardinals over Georgetown, West Virginia, Mississippi State, Nebraska and Memphis and others.

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