Published Monday, August 20, 2012 at 1:50 pm / Updated at 1:39 am
Eagles' Agau returning for senior season

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On his Twitter homepage, Akoy Agau has written: “Three rings down! 1 more to go!”

Omaha Central's two-time All-Nebraska basketball player won't have to take it down — he's staying with the Eagles.

Without elaborating, Agau confirmed Monday that he will play for the state's three-time defending Class A champions for his senior season and won't take a planned Tuesday visit to a private school in Maryland known for bringing in players from across the nation and around the world.

“I can't talk about any of that,'' Agau said. “I've been told not to say anything.”

On Friday, Agau said he would visit Montrose Christian School in Rockville, Md., which has produced many college players. Its best known alum is Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder.

With Agau staying put, Central has a potential starting five this winter that could be at Division I schools someday — seniors K.J. Scott, Tra-deon Hollins and Omaha North transfer Nick Billingsley and junior Tre'Shawn Thurman.

The Eagles are taking on an ambitious schedule in 2012-13 that includes the first appearance by a Nebraska team in the City of Palms Classic in Fort Myers, Fla., in December, and a Feb. 9 game in the Heartland Hoops Classic in Grand Island against national power Oak Hill (Va.) that could be televised nationally.

“We're moving forward with our team as planned,'' Central coach Eric Behrens said.

Behrens said he, too, would not elaborate on any of the developments that caused Agau to think about leaving or deciding to stay.

“I had no comment last week and I don't think I want to comment now,'' he said. “It's like things balanced out.”

Tickets to go on sale for Central-Oak Hill

Thursday begins ticket sales for the sixth annual Heartland Hoops Classic on Feb. 9 in Grand Island, which has Omaha Central playing Oak Hill (Va.) in the 9 p.m. showcase game at the Heartland Events Center.

Event organizer Tino Martinez of Grand Island on Monday said in an email that “there's still a chance” for the game to be televised.

Tickets for the eight games in a daylong session that starts at 8:30 a.m. are $16 for adults and $8 for students. A limited number of courtside seats are $70. Tickets can be purchased at the Heartland Events Center box office or through

Games Feb. 9: High Plains vs. Grand Island Heartland Lutheran, 8:30 a.m.; Sutton vs. Grand Island Central Catholic, 10:15 a.m.; Raymond Central vs. Hastings St. Cecilia, noon; Lincoln Pius X vs. Grand Island, 1:45 p.m.; Fremont Bergan vs. Doniphan-Trumbull, 3:30 p.m.; Kearney Catholic vs. Grand Island Northwest, 5:15 p.m.; Boys Town vs. Norfolk Catholic, 7 p.m.; Oak Hill (Va.) vs. Omaha Central, 9 p.m.

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