Akoy Agau is ready to transition from Eagle purple to Cardinal red.
The Omaha Central basketball player signed Wednesday with Louisville, the team he'd chosen publicly in late September after visiting the school.
He said he's not expecting Cardinals coach Rick Pitino to redshirt him, in part because the team could have three players go in next year's National Basketball Association draft.
“He told me he sees me being a factor and coming in and playing right away,” Agau said. “I didn't want to go to some place for three years and not play. I'm definitely excited to come in as a freshman and do things.”
Agau, considered the state's most sought-after college prospect of the past 20 years, said he never wavered from his September decision to go with coach Rick Pitino's team — although the possibility of going to Nebraska stayed with him.
The 6-foot-9 senior never took an official visit to NU and canceled his only other planned visit, to Georgetown, after getting a look at Louisville.
“For a student-athlete, it's the one time you get to be selfish and make one decision for yourself,” Agau said. “This is a new chapter in my life. Things will be different. New challenges, new people, new places.”
Agau's new Central teammate, Omaha North transfer Nick Billingsley, signed his letter of intent with UNO at the ceremony. Also there were new University of Nebraska at Omaha recruits Colin Buckley in men's tennis and Lia Mancuso in softball.
Josiah Gustafson of Millard North, the other returning All-Nebraska boys basketball player, signed with Division II Pittsburg State of the MIAA.
At least 18 girls signed Division I letters for volleyball, including the Nebraska-bound threesome of Papillion-La Vista South players: twins Amber and Kadie Rolfzen and Kelly Hunter.
NU also signed Seward guard Hannah Tvrdy in women's basketball. The other Division I signings Wednesday in women's basketball were Alexa Kastanek of Lincoln Southeast, bound for Iowa; Haley Moore of Milford (Eastern Michigan); and Kourteney Zadina of Seward (Northern Colorado).
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