myHitNews 2010/2011 Preseason Top 25 Nebraska H.S. Basketball Prospects
Akoy Agau Moves Past Mike Gesell to Become MHN’s No. 1 Nebraska High School Basketball Prospect
By Will Cummings
It’s a rare occurrence around this part of the country when high school basketball fans get treated to witnessing the development of a potential college all-star like Ames, Iowa’s 6-foot-8, small forward Harrison Barnes, a North Carolina Tar Heels recruit that became the No. 1 ranked prospect in the nation for the class of 2010. Then again, sometimes rare occurrences have a way of doubling up on us when we least expect them. And such may be the case when it comes to Omaha Central’s 6-foot-7, 215lbs, sophomore Akoy Agau. Projected as a power forward at the next level, some national basketball analyst believe that Agau has the potential to ascend the same mountaintop as Barnes, by 2013. Whether or not he reaches the summit will be our treat to watch.
It was not an easy decision to rank Agau over South Sioux City shooting guard Mike Gesell (6-0, junior), ranked the nation’s 23rd best shooting guard and the No. 116th overall prospect in the class of 2012 by Rivals, and who has held our No.1 spot since his freshman year. But to ignore Agau’s tremendous raw potential is impossible. The young man is simply gifted with all the physical attributes (quickness, agility, height, frame and arm span) wrapped up in a demonstrated ability to use those tools to his advantage. All of which make Akoy Agau a very special high school basketball prospect–the kind of athlete that could be a game changer at the next level!
It’s no wonder that Agau emerged from near obscurity, during his freshman year last season, to already possessing at least six division 1 scholarship offers (Creighton, Nebraska, Marquette, Indiana State, New Mexico, Colorado State). If he stays healthy, adds a little more bulk, and continues to improve his offensive game, by the end of this basketball season he will be one of the most sought after prospects in the nation. And that’s good news for all Nebraska high school basketball prospects, because more college coaches’ feet will be on the ground and potentially more eyes may be evaluating your game too.
Below are the rest of MHN’s 2010/2011 Preseason Top 25 Nebraska High School Basketball Prospects:
|1. Akoy Agau, 6-7, F, SO, Omaha Central|
|2. Mike Gesell, 6-0, G, JR, South Sioux City|
|3. Derrius Vick, 6-1, G, SR, Lincoln SE|
|4. Duol Mayot, 6-4, F, SR, Omaha South|
|5. Zach Sterup, 6-10, C, SR, Hastings St. Cecilia|
|6. Mading Thok, 6-11, C, JR, Elkhorn Mt. Michael Benedictine|
|7. Tyler Shields, 6-4, G, SR, Kearney|
|8. Galen Gullie, 5-9, G, SR, Omaha Bryan|
|9. Jalen Bradley, 5-9, G, JR, Norfolk|
|10. Jose Bonilla, 7-0, C, SR, South Sioux City|
|11. Turner Fahey, 6-0, G, SR, Grand Island Central Catholic|
|12. Avery Langford, 6-1, G, SR, Omaha Benson|
|13. Dean Tiwald, 6-4, G, SR, Elkhorn Mt Michael Benedictine|
|14. Connor Bernek, 6-3, G, JR, Ravenna|
|15. Deng Gol, 6-10, C, SR, Elkhorn Mt. Michael Benedictine|
|16. D.J. Bamesberger, 6-4, F, SR, Hampton|
|17. Kendall Ferguson, 6-5, F, SR, Kimball|
|18. Ben Uhing, 6-6, F, SR, Norfolk Catholic|
|19. Ethan Brozek, 6-6, F, SR, Norfolk Catholic|
|20. Dominique McKenzie, 6-3, F, SR, Omaha Central|
|21. Jalen Hueser, 6-3, G, SR, Papillion-LV South|
|22. Jacob Olmstead, 6-2, G, JR, Overton|
|23. Cole Spurgeon, 6-3, G, SR Gretna|
|24. Tyson Broekemeier, 6-1, G, Aurora|
|25. C.J. Carter, 6-0, G, SR, Omaha Benson|
|Mentioned: Eddie Vinson, 6-3, F, SR, Omaha Central; Darian Barrientos-Jackson, 6-2, G, JR, Omaha Central; Trevor Bryant, 6-4, G, JR, Tekamah-Herman; Trey Moore, 5-10, G, JR, North Plate; Jordan Newman, 6-5, C, SR, Lincoln East; Alec Smith, 6-7, C, SR, Millard West; Quentin Urban, 5-9, G, SR, Millard South; Adonis Hill, 5-11, G, SR, Omaha Burke; Brandon Krause, 6-0, G, SR, Lincoln North Star; Cody Charlton, 6-3, F, Lincoln Southeast; Garth Walbridge, 5-10, G, SR, Arapahoe; Luke Miller, 6-0, G, SR Cody-Kilgore.|
October 25, 2010 @ 8:10 am
are you serious where is dondre whit jr lincoln high he has goteen several d1 letters
October 27, 2010 @ 7:13 pm
Mading Thok is no longer attending HS in Nebraska (Sioux City East). Jalen Bradley has grown 3″ and has put on 15 lbs since the state tourney in March and is probably the best shooting guard in the midwest
October 27, 2010 @ 9:29 pm
Three inches? You sure? That boy was already bad enough–if he has grown three inches he is going to be a hot prospect. Thanks for the info.
October 27, 2010 @ 9:53 pm
Why reath jiech from bryan is not on there. He will be dominant this year
October 28, 2010 @ 10:35 am
wow woh made this list allot of these players are not even getting looks
October 28, 2010 @ 1:59 pm
The MHN Preseason Top 25 Nebraska H.S. Basketball Prospects list is based off how players performed last season, with additional consideration for athletes whose names were submitted to this site via email, conversations with our contacts, and posted comments.
No ranking system of any kind can satisfy the opinions of everyone. But tabs are kept on all players whose names are submitted. The Top 25 will remain as is until after the 4th game of the season when a new ranking will be posted.
November 2, 2010 @ 9:03 am
You’re missing a couple of no-brainers for top 25 from Om.Westside; Steven Ferrarini and Nate Skold. Both been varsity since freshman, both started every summer for Crusaders.
November 2, 2010 @ 10:12 am
I will keep both in mind for the Early Season Ranking that will come out after the 4th game of the season. That ranking will be the one that is more reflective of what’s going this year. Thanks.
December 30, 2010 @ 4:38 pm
apparently you havent seen white and harris play for lincoln high
January 14, 2011 @ 11:33 am
Agau and Gesell are not even on the same level. Gesell dominates against all classes all of the time. If his mid range jumper is on, which almost always is, he is unstoppable. Agau is not very active all of the time. Saw both of the players in the summer against the best and Agau was almost non-existent where Gesell averaged around 20 this summer. Get out and watch these boys and you will soon realize that Gesell is the real deal
January 14, 2011 @ 12:24 pm
Get Real. You B right! But you are responding to a “Preseason” ranking. Gessel is back on top in the new MHN 2010-2011 Early-Season Top 25 Nebraska H.S. Basketball Propsects–posted December 12, 2010.
Gessel has been the top prospect in the state in our poll since the pre-season last year. However, with all the D-1 offers and hype Agau has received since last season’s state tournament he was put on top for the this year’s preseason poll–the poll you are refering to.
Agau has yet to prove that he is the best basketball prospect in the state. As for Mike Gessel–he is a bad boy! I wouldn’t doubt that he would get plenty of playing time as a true freshman at whatever college he ends up at.