The underclassmen on the Georgetown men’s basketball team received a boost on Wednesday when former Louisville power forward Akoy Agau announced that he would be transferring to the Hilltop. Even in the midst of a hectic conference schedule, Head Coach John Thompson III takes time to turn his attention to the more distant future of his program as he brings in the six-foot eight-inch, 230-pounder to help fill the void that will be left by the graduation of center Mikael Hopkins and center Josh Smith come May.
Agau left Louisville this December during the fall semester of his sophomore year so he should be eligible to play for the Hoyas for two and a half seasons starting in the spring semester of 2016. The Omaha, Neb., native found himself stuck behind a talented front court at Louisville and starved for playing time; he only made three appearances this season for a total off 11 minutes that were all in blowout victories over non-conference opponents. As a freshman a season ago, Agau averaged .9 points and 1.1 rebounds in 5 minutes per game.
Despite being unable to carve out a spot in the Louisville rotation, Agau should have every opportunity to earn playing time while in Blue and Gray if he can prove his worth on the glass. Smith, Hopkins, senior guard and co-captain Jabril Trawick, and junior guard and co-captain D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera pull down 58% of the Hoyas rebounds this season, and Smith-Rivera is the only one with a chance to be around to play with the transfer next spring.
While the class of 2018, which Agau would be joining, has certainly proven talented and deep in the early going, the group lacks an inside presence. The unproven center Bradley Hayes will be a senior next season, and he will be joined in the front court by 4-star recruit Jessie Govan, who ESPN rates as the 10th best center in the class of 2019.
Each player fits into John Thompson III’s system differently, but it appears as though Agau would be assuming the Center/Forward combo role that is currently occupied by Mikael Hopkins. He does not have the size to be a true center, but if Agau can prove himself adequately coachable, there will be minutes available the Hoyas’ frontcourt. Current Sophomore Reggie Cameron (6’7” 223) and freshmen Issac Copeland (6’9” 220 lbs) and Paul White (6’8” 220 lbs) are similar in size, but the trio has spent most of their young Georgetown careers guarding smaller players on the perimeter.
Akoy Agau left Louisville in search of playing time, if he can rebound, block shots and defend in the low post, he’ll find what he is looking for in D.C.