The suspension of former Omaha Central basketball star Akoy Agau at Louisville is reportedly attitude related.
The school announced the indefinite suspension of Agau on Friday morning. Later, the Louisville Courier-Journal reported that Cardinals coach Rick Pitino said the suspension was for a “very minor” attitude issue.
“It’s up to him,” Pitino told the newspaper. “He wasn’t acting the way a University of Louisville basketball player should.”
Agau could not be reached for comment. He is currently with the team in the Miami area, where Louisville is scheduled to play Florida International on Saturday. Scott Hammer, who coached Agau in the summers with Team Nebraska, told The World-Herald he has spoken with both Pitino and Agau.
“Coach Pitino is handling it internally,” Hammer said. “It’s nothing criminal, nothing grade-wise, whatever negative things you can think of.”
The Courier-Journal quoted Pitino as saying the suspension “could last two days or two weeks.”
So far in college, playing time has been sparse for the 6-foot-8 freshman, who was a three-time, first-team All-Nebraska player for the Eagles. He’s appeared in seven games for the 10-1 Cardinals, averaging about five minutes a game. He’s scored two points and grabbed seven rebounds.
At Central, Agau averaged 12.8 points, 6.1 rebounds and blocked 81 shots as a senior last season in leading the Eagles to a 26-4 record and a fourth straight Class A state championship.
Hammer said Agau is handling the situation well. Hammer called it a growing opportunity, and said he gave Agau some advice.
“Keep working hard,” Hammer said. “You have got a great opportunity to play for one of the top programs in the country. Take advantage of it.”