Surprise, the Arizona Wildcats have been connected to another graduate transfer.
This time it’s Albany’s Joe Cremo, according to ESPN’s Jeff Goodman.
Albany grad transfer Joe Cremo told ESPN he has received interest from Creighton, Arizona, Ohio St, Wichita St, St Joes, Louisville, Uconn, West Virginia, Texas tech, St Bonaventure and SMU.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) March 31, 2018
The 6-foot-4, 190-pound junior was an elite scorer in the America East, averaging a team-high 17.8 points per game while shooting 46 percent from the field, 46 percent from 3, and 82 percent from the free-throw line.
He averaged 5.2 3s and 5.0 free-throw attempts per game. Cremo has been a double-figure scorer all three seasons at Albany and did that with tremendous efficiency.
Cremo mostly plays the 2 and the 3, per KenPom, but did spend some time at the point. The well-rounded Scotia, New York native averaged 4.1 rebounds, 3.8 assists, and 2.1 turnovers per contest this season.
Albany, which went 22-10, allowed 101.3 points per 100 possessions but surrendered 104.4 with Cremo on the court. He had a -0.9 defensive box plus/minus, which ranked sixth on the Great Danes.
Cremo will be eligible to play immediately at his new school and clearly will have plenty of suitors.
Cremo would be a proven commodity for an Arizona team that doesn’t have many heading into the 2018-19 season.
The Wildcats are set to lose their entire starting five, only return six scholarship players, and currently have zero incoming recruits.
Cremo could compete with Brandon Randolph, Dylan Smith, and Emmanuel Akot for a starting spot on the wing, or he could beat out Alex Barcello to be the team’s starting point guard.
Either way, Arizona needs talent and Cremo would be just that.
Other grad transfers Arizona has been linked to are:
- Pitt forward Ryan Luther
- Evansville wing Ryan Taylor
- Maine point guard Aaron Calixte
- Idaho State center Novak Topalovic
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