The Villanova Wildcats are not slowing down.
The defending national champions landed one of the top graduate transfers on the market this past Tuesday as the University of Albany’s Joe Cremo, a 6-foot-4 shooting guard out of Scotia, New York, announced his commitment to play for the Wildcats for his senior year.
Cremo was arguably the best player in the America East Conference last season after averaging 17.8 points, 4.1 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game, while also nailing 76 three-pointers at a 46% clip. Cremo had also been considering Kansas, Texas and Creighton before announcing his decision to become a Wildcat.
While the annual transfer flock in college basketball is populated with hundreds of players innocuously moving from one school to another, the Villanova Wildcats landed a player in Joe Cremo that may very well turn out to be an exception. Unlike the majority of transfers, Cremo will be eligible to play immediately due to his graduate transfer status and is undeniably an impactful addition for Jay Wright’s program. Considering the mild state of influx in which the Wildcat roster currently finds itself, Cremo provides the kind of veteran presence that could prove vital during this upcoming season.
He’ll join a Villanova team that won the national title but lost Jalen Brunson and Mikal Bridges early to the NBA, and could lose Donte DiVincenzo and Omari Spellman. Both declared for the NBA draft, but haven’t decided whether they will sign with an agent and forgo their remaining college eligibility. If both Spellman and DiVincenzo decide to strike while the iron is hot and turn pro, Jay Wright and the Wildcats will have just two returning starters in Phil Booth and Eric Paschall.