Graduate transfer who was a KU basketball recruiting target commits to Villanova

Albany guard Joe Cremo (24) attempts to drive past Louisville forward Deng Adel (22) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017, in Louisville, Ky. Louisville won 70-68. | Timothy D. Easley | AP

By Jesse Newell jnewell@kcstar.com

The Kansas men's basketball team is still looking for a shooter after its latest recruiting target made his transfer plans official Tuesday.

Joe Cremo, a 6-foot-4 shooting guard who played for Albany last season, announced on his Twitter account that he would play at Villanova next season as a graduate transfer. Cremo, who visited KU's campus over the weekend, earlier in the recruiting process heard from Penn State, Arizona, Ohio State, Wichita State, Cincinnati, Louisville, Marquette, Seton Hall, SMU, UConn, West Virginia and Texas Tech.

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KU has one scholarship remaining for next season, and two if Udoka Azubuike decides to remain in the NBA Draft.

KU coach Bill Self has spoken openly about trying to add one more piece to next year's recruiting class.

“A lot of people think we need a shooter. Well, we need a good player that can really shoot. Hopefully we can figure that out and find somebody. With only one scholarship,” Self told The Star last week. "I think it’s best for this team if we can find the right personnel on the perimeter.”

Cremo, who averaged 17.8 points, 4.1 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game and shot 46 percent overall and 46 percent from three, earned first-team All-America East Conference honors last season. He scored 18 points on 6-of-14 shooting (3 of 4 threes) with five rebounds and three assists against one turnover while playing 39 minutes of a 70-69 loss to Louisville on Dec. 20. He scored 16 points on 5-of-14 shooting (2 of 5 threes) with five rebounds and three assists against three turnovers in a 67-58 loss to Memphis on Dec. 12. He had a season-high 30 points on Nov. 25 at Holy Cross.

Of Cremo, Rivals.com’s Corey Evans tweeted on Tuesday: “A top immediate transfer prospect this spring, a tremendous do-it-all guard that should only bolster the Wildcats’ national title chances next season.”

Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports and FanRag Sports network wrote on Twitter: “Joe Cremo gives Villanova insurance if it loses Donte DiVincenzo to the NBA. Wildcats are going to have a much different look in 18-19 than they've had in past few years.”


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