High school “basketball mayors” have term limits, so Akoy Agau is about to leave office.
Before the Omaha Central senior takes off for his college basketball career at Louisville, we asked the 6-foot-9 forward — as a three-time selection and this year’s honorary captain — to weigh in on his teammates on the 49th annual World-Herald All-Metro Conference boys basketball team.
Also chosen for the all-senior first team are Tra-Deon Hollins of Central, Brett Dougherty of Papillion-La Vista, Cam Williams of Omaha South and Connor Lusso of Millard West.
Two others who rated highly — in fact generating enough support from league coaches to make the first team most years — were 2012 All-Metro selection Josiah Gustafson of Millard North and junior Khyri Thomas of Omaha Benson.
Gustafson missed the Mustangs’ first seven games while recovering from shoulder surgery.
Of the first-team players, all had played in the state tournament prior to this season except for Lusso. The 6-6 forward, who’s signed with Truman State, was a four-year starter who became the Wildcats’ career scoring and rebounding leader while helping them get to state for the first time in a decade.
Agau: “He’s one of those guys who if he’s not better than you he’s going to try to outwork you no matter what. Always going for loose balls, diving on the ground.
“He’s the person everyone wants on the team. He does things a lot of people don’t want to do, like myself. That’s the player he’s always been.”
Dougherty is a 6-6 forward who led Papillion-La Vista to its first Class A championship-game appearance in 20 years. He’s headed to Northwest Missouri State.
Agau: “He’s a really good post player. I think he’ll be great at the next level, and I wish him the best of luck.”
Williams, a 6-foot guard, played 1½ seasons at South and was the leading scorer on teams that were Class A runner-up in 2012 and third-place this past season.
Agau: “An athletic guard. When we played him, we played box-and-one. He can really score the ball, gets to the free-throw line, is really smart. He uses his body and quickness well.”
Hollins, a 6-foot-2 guard, missed five games this season with a high ankle sprain. Central was 3-2, losing to Papillion-La Vista and Omaha South for its only instate defeats since February 2011.
Agau: “Tra was the guy we put on the other team’s best player. I’m not saying we didn’t have guys who could guard when he was out, but not night in and night out. Against Papio we really noticed that we missed him on defense.
“He also brings energy. He gets stops, he gets steals, he gets inside people’s heads. He’s a great player and at the next level, I think if somebody takes a chance on him, he’s gong to be successful.”
As for himself, Agau said in an earlier interview that he was driven to take Central to four state championships.
“I said it since my eighth-grade year,’’ he said. “My friends always made fun of me, but it was a mentality I had and I thought I could go out there and achieve it.”
The All-Metro second team consists of Gustafson, Thomas, Kevin Dineen of Omaha Creighton Prep, Aireon Porter of Omaha North and KJ Scott of Central.
On the third team are UNO recruit Nick Billingsley and Tre’Shawn Thurman of Central, Spencer Lewis of Papillion-La Vista, Kevin Metoyer of Omaha Westside and Lyle Hexom of Omaha South. Metoyer and Thurman are juniors.
On last year’s team, Dougherty, Williams, Thomas and Dineen were on the second unit and Lusso, Scott and Thurman were third-teamers.
Observations of The World-Herald staff and nominations by league coaches determine the All-Metro teams. All coaches were sent nomination forms.
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