Albany combo guard Joe Cremo, who is grad transferring after averaging 17.8 points per game in 2017-18, will receive a visit from Penn State head coach Patrick Chambers this week, according to Jeff Goodman of ESPN.
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
Goodman notes in his tweet that Cremo will also receive visits from the head coaches of Ohio State, Creighton, Texas, and Marquette. It is clear that Cremo is in high demand on the grad transfer market, as a 6-foot-4 guard who shot 45 percent from three as a junior.
Penn State fans were introduced to Cremo in the home opener in November 2016, when Cremo led the Great Danes with 22 points, 10 rebounds, and 5 assists en route to an upset 87-81 win.
With the graduation of Shep Garner and the departure of Tony Carr, Penn State's currently constructed 2018-19 backcourt will rely heavily on underclassmen. Cremo would be a perfect fit with the Nittany Lions, adding badly needed three-point shooting and a veteran presence in the backcourt that will allow an easier transition into the rotation for freshmen Myles Dread and Rasir Bolton.
What is Cremo looking for in his next school?
"The chance of having a big role on a team that is going to compete in the NCAA Tournament," Cremo told 247 Sports. "And then hopefully set myself up for a chance to play after."
Penn State certainly offers a big role, and if things break right with the addition of a player like Cremo, can compete for the NCAA Tournament in 2018-19. And the Nittany Lions have sent a number of players to the professional ranks in recent years, from the NBA to leagues overseas. That said, it will likely be an uphill battle, with plenty of teams offering a spot to Cremo.
In the Chambers era, Penn State has brought in seven total transfers, but only Allen Roberts of Miami of Ohio (2013-14) was a graduate transfer. Whether it's Cremo or another player, Nittany Lions fans will hope that the payoff is better than it was with Roberts.