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Texas in contact with Albany grad transfer G Joe Cremo

Shaka Smart is one of numerous head coach in pursuit of the All-Conference standout.

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Once again, the Texas Longhorns are interested in adding a graduate transfer to the basketball program, as head coach Shaka Smart is reportedly in contact with Albany Great Danes graduate transfer Joe Crema, according to ESPN’s Jeff Goodman.

So are a host of other schools, including Arizona, Cincinnati, Creighton, Louisville, Marquette, Ohio State, Seton Hall, SMU, St. Bonaventure, St. Joe’s, Texas Tech, UConn, West Virginia, and Wichita State. Suffice it to say there is plenty of competition for Cremo’s services.

And it’s not hard to figure out why — as a graduate transfer, Cremo will be eligible immediately. He also scored 17.8 points and 3.8 assist per game while shooting 45.8 percent from three-point range and 81.9 percent from the free-throw line. His accuracy from distance ranked in the top-30 nationally. At 6’4, he also has good size for the shooting guard position.

“I’m just trying to figure out the best place that fits me and then taking it one day at a time,” Cremo told 247Sports. “Well like for me, I know nothing is guaranteed but just the chance of having a big role on a team that is going to compete in the NCAA Tournament and then hopefully set myself for a chance to play after.”

Texas has a need at the position with the departures of Jacob Young and Eric Davis Jr. and the possibility that Andrew Jones and Kerwin Roach II won’t be back next season, either.