Scotia’s Joe Cremo commits to Villanova

UAlbany star gets new start at Power 5 program

PHILADELPHIA — Scotia-Glenville grad and former University at Albany point guard Joe Cremo will spend his last year of NCAA eligibility as a member of the defending national champion Villanova Wildcats.

The two time New York State Class A champion announced his decision on Twitter Tuesday morning.

“After thinking it over and talking to my family and friends I’ve decided that I’m going to be committing to [Villanova University],” Cremo wrote in a screenshot message posted to Twitter. “I just want to thank everyone from Albany who has helped me get to this point in my life, and I would not trade any of it for the world.”

In March, Cremo and roommate David Nichols announced plans to transfer out of UAlbany. At the time it was widely reported that the pair of juniors had interest from power five conference programs, the top-tier of Division I athletics.

“I also want to thank Coach [Will] Brown and his staff along with all my other previous coaches to this point, that have helped me become a better player and person,” Cremo added in his Twitter message. “Time for a new chapter and I’m very excited to be a part of #NovaNation.”

During his three seasons at UAlbany, Cremo appeared in 100 games for the Great Danes. He left the program with 1,469 career points, eighth all-time in school history.

Nichols announced that he was transferring to Florida State University in April.

Both Cremo and Nichols will receive their degrees early from UAlbany next month. The two will enter their respective programs as graduate transfers.

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