Akoy Agau kicked off the average U of L fan's Tuesday with a bit of a punch in the gut when he posted the following picture on Instagram:
As Agau mentions in the description, he is in Philadelphia, where word is that he is having surgery performed at Hahnemann University Hospital. The hospital is the same place where Taquan Dean went to have sports hernia surgery for "athletic pubalgia" almost exactly a decade ago. While Agau's injury isn't exactly the same as Dean's, a U of L spokesperson did confirm that he is having a similar surgery.
After appearing in just 19 games last season, Agau has drawn significant praise from head coach Rick Pitino, who expects the forward to make a massive jump in his sophomore season.
"Akoy is a completely different player and person," Pitino said earlier this month. "And that's great for us because we need that position desperately."
U of L SID Kenny Klein is expected to release a full update on Agau later today.
Louisville F Akoy Agau had successful sports hernia surgery today in Philadelphia & is expected to return to workouts in six weeks #L1C4— Kenny Klein (@KKcards) July 29, 2014
Here is the official statement from Louisville...
University of Louisville sophomore forward Akoy Agau had surgery Tuesday morning to repair a sports hernia and is expected to return to workouts within six weeks.
Agau suffered the injury in workouts about three weeks ago. While the injury is not the same, former U of L guard Taquan Dean had similar surgery in 2004. Dr. William Meyers, president of Vincera Core Physicians, performed the operation at the Vincera Institute Surgical Center in Philadelphia, Pa.
Agau, who has shown significant improvement in summer workouts, played in 19 games for the Cardinals as a freshman last season while totaling 17 points, 21 rebounds and five blocked shots. The 6-8 forward from Omaha, Neb., scored a season-best four points against both Houston and USF and grabbed a season-high five rebounds against Missouri-Kansas City. He was the first player in Nebraska Class A history to play on four state championship teams.