Louisville received a boost to its frontcourt rotation on Friday as former big man Akoy Agau will return to the Cardinals as a graduate transfer.
The 6-foot-8 Agau originally committed and enrolled at Louisville for a season and a half to begin his college hoops career before transferring to Georgetown. After leaving the Hoyas to play at SMU last season, Agau received a sixth year of eligibility from the NCAA after battling injury for much of his career.
Agau gives Louisville an experienced forward who should earn some solid minutes next season. With the Mustangs during the 2017-18 season, Agau averaged 5.0 points and 3.6 rebounds per game in 16.1 minutes per contest.
While this isn’t the biggest splash for the Cardinals, they have plenty of scholarships to use for next season as new head coach Chris Mack tries to find a stable rotation. Getting a graduate transfer like Agau, who should be familiar with the school and the conference at the very least, is a nice step for a one-year placeholder.
Georgetown’s Akoy Agau out indefinitely with torn ACL
Georgetown lost some front court depth this week as head coach John Thompson III announced that sophomore forward Akoy Agau has a torn ACL and will be out indefinitely.
The 6-foot-9 Agau is a former four-star recruit who transferred to the Hoyas from Louisville at the semester break of last season. Agau only played 11 minutes during his sophomore year at Louisville and opted for a fresh start in the Big East after battling injury with the Cardinals.
Without Agau, Georgetown still has some bodies in the front court, but his depth will undoubtedly be missed. Sophomore forwards Isaac Copeland and Paul White are back for the Hoyas while freshmen like Jessie Govan and Marcus Derrickson can also help with the rotation.
Agau hasn’t been able to consistently contribute at the college level during his career and hopefully he can get healthy enough to finish strong.
Former Louisville forward transferring to Georgetown
Akoy Agau didn’t see much playing time during his year-plus at Louisville, averaging just 4.8 minutes per game in 22 appearances. With that, and the fact that increased playing time didn’t seem all that likely, Agau made the decision in mid-December to transfer. Wednesday afternoon it was reported by NebraskaHSHoops.com that Agau has decided to join John Thompson III’s program at Georgetown.
In discussing his commitment to the Big East program, Agau made note of Georgetown’s success in developing big men as one of the reasons why he decided to become a Hoya. Agau also considered Marquette, and he took a visit to Nebraska last month as well.
From a depth standpoint the addition of Agau could be a good one for Georgetown, with both Joshua Smith and Mikael Hopkins being seniors. Of Georgetown’s five current freshmen four are front court players, and they’ll add Marcus Derrickson and Jesse Govan to the program next season.
Louisville forward Akoy Agau will miss the next six weeks after undergoing surgery on Tuesday morning to repair a sports hernia.
The news was not know until Agau took to Instagram to post a picture of himself in a hospital gown with the caption, “Pre-surgery. Out in Philly about to go under the knife. About to get fixed up!! Then waking up and getting a huge Philly cheese steak.”
Agau will be out for six weeks recovering from the surgery, which would mean that he would be available to return to the court in mid-September. Practices start at the Division I level at the end of September.
Louisville will be down a player in the front court when they take on FIU Saturday afternoon, as the school announced that freshman forward Akoy Agau has been suspended indefinitely. The school did not specify a reason for the disciplinary measure in the statement released on Friday afternoon.
Agau hasn’t seen a large amount of playing time thus far, playing an average of five minutes per game in seven of Louisville’s 11 games. The most he’s played in a game this season is nine minutes in Louisville’s 90-62 win over Kansas City, a game in which he accounted for two points and five rebounds. Provided none of their key players go down against FIU, Louisville should be OK in the front court against the Panthers.
According to Jeff Greer of the Louisville Courier-Journal, Agau did make the trip to Miami with the team but will not be in uniform for the game. Also of note for Louisville is the fact that junior guard Kevin Ware is expected to miss the game due to a shin bruise suffered in the Cardinals’ win over Missouri State.