Transfer season continues to amuse and entertain, as we have a new Marquette note to pore over. ESPN’s Jeff Goodman is reporting that Marquette has added themselves to the laundry list of teams who have inquired after Albany graduate transfer guard Joe Cremo.
Marquette, Texas, Seton hall and Cincinnati have also now reached out to Albany grad transfer Joe Cremo. https://t.co/dWOGHa4YUk— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) April 2, 2018
As you can see, Marquette is not the first team to check in with Cremo, and I’d wager that they won’t be the last. Steve Wojciechowski isn’t even the first head coach in the Big East to inquire, as Creighton and Seton Hall are also on the list.
It’s easy to see why Cremo is in high demand as a graduate transfer after finishing his degree in just three years. He’s been a rotation player for the Danes since setting foot on campus and has started every Albany game for the past two seasons. The 6’4", 190 pound Cremo maxed out his stats as a junior, averaging 17.8 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 3.8 assists per game. He’s been a reliably accurate three-point shooter all three years, including a career high in attempts (166) and shooting percentage (45.8%) this past season.
In terms of advanced metrics according to KenPom, Cremo fits the model of exactly what Marquette needs right now. He’s a tall guard who handles the point extremely well, both as a distributor (top 350 assist rate last two seasons) and as a ball protector (turnover rate of just 15.1% in 17-18). Cremo doesn’t foul much (top 450 every year in fewest fouls per 40 minutes), but he draws fouls like crazy (at least 4.5/40, top 350 this year) and gets to the line a ton (top 350 this year in Free Throw Rate).
With that many schools after Cremo, it seems likely that it will be a while before he can make a decison about who is even on his short list. Marquette, in the mean time, will continue to look in on Pittsburgh transfer Marcus Carr, Utah State transfer Koby McEwen, and perhaps Fordham transfer Joseph Chartouny.
The Golden Eagles are currently looking at two open scholarship spots for the fall of 2018, so their options are wide open as to who they might be prioritizing. Here’s what the scholarship chart looks like right now.