Omaha Central basketball star Akoy Agau is considering a transfer to a Maryland school that plays a national schedule.
Agau will visit Montrose Christian in Rockville, Md., on Tuesday. The private school lost last season in the semifinals of the ESPNHS National High School Invitational.
“When I go, I'm packing to stay,” Agau told The World-Herald on Friday night. “If I decide I like it, I'm staying there. If not, I'm coming back.”
Central coach Eric Behrens on Friday night declined to comment on the situation.
Agau said his friendship with a few of Montrose Christian's players through club basketball fueled the notion of leaving Central, where he has started on three consecutive Class A state championship teams and led the Eagles on their current 36-game winning streak.
“They came up with the idea,” he said. “They told me about their school. Their coach came and watched me play. I'll check out the school and take it from there.”
Montrose Christian is known for bringing in players from across the nation and around the world. Its highest profile alum is Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Mustangs' coach is Stu Vetter, who is at his fourth private school in the Washington, D.C., area. With more than 800 career wins, he is enshrined in the Maryland Basketball Hall of Fame.
Agau said he will consider what Montrose Christian has to offer for academics, as well as for basketball.
“Education is something that's really important to me. Being a senior, I have to make sure I keep the grades up,” said the Sudan native. “With basketball, it's the level of competition, how much better I can become and how I can improve my skill set.”
While he sorts through his options for his senior season, Agau isn't putting his college decision on hold.
“I'm mixing the two,” he said. “I'm definitely trying to know the schools and all that good stuff.”
The college reportedly highest on his list is Georgetown, which is not far from Montrose Christian. The two-time All-Nebraska player told Rivals.com this week that he's likely to make official visits also to Nebraska, Louisville and West Virginia.
A Rivals.com report also included comments from Agau that there's increasing pressure on him to stay close to home and accept NU's offer.
“It's crazy,” Agau told the recruiting service. “I've got kids who are Huskers fans and parents who are Huskers fans. Fans, teammates, I'm in the paper and it's in the paper about how they just got two players and now they need to get me to get things turned around.”
With the start of the school year at Central not until next week, Agau said point guards Tra-Deon Hollins and Deandre Hollins-Johnson are the two teammates he's talked to about his possible transfer. He said neither one was happy to hear the news.
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