Ohio State coach Chris Holtmann is one of a number of high-profile coaches set to meet with Albany graduate transfer Joe Cremo, ESPN’s Jeff Goodman reports. Cremo, a guard, averaged 17.8 points per game last season for an Albany team that won 22 games.
Albany grad transfer Joe Cremo told ESPN that Chris Holtmann, Greg McDermott, Shaka Smart, Pat Chambers and Steve Wojciechowski will also be visiting him in Albany the next few days.
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) April 5, 2018
Holtmann has some serious competition in landing Cremo. Greg McDermott (Creighton), Shaka Smart (Texas), Pat Chambers (Penn State) and Steve Wojciechowski (Marquette) are also said to be vying for Cremo’s services.
Cremo would be a big get for Ohio State, which could use a big-time scoring threat in the wake of forward Keita Bates-Diop declaring for the 2018 NBA Draft. Bates Diop, the Big Ten Player of the Year, averaged team highs in points (19.8 per game), rebounds (8.7 per game) and blocks (1.6 per game) for the Buckeyes.
The 6-foot-4 Cremo probably wouldn’t rack up blocks and rebounds like Bates-Diop, but he’d certainly be an offensive weapon. He shot 45.8 percent from the field and 45.3 percent from behind the arc in 2017-18. He was also an 81.9 percent free-throw shooter.
Cremo was named to the America East All-Conference First Team this past season. He was a conference Second Team selection in 2016-17, after being awarded the league’s Rookie of the Year Award in 2015-16.