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Texas among finalists for Albany grad transfer SG Joe Cremo

The sharpshooting grad transfer is down to five schools and Texas remains in the mix.

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The Texas Longhorns have hit the graduate transfer market hard this offseason and those efforts are beginning to pay off a bit.

Among the several graduate transfers Texas is targeting is former Albany shooting guard Joe Cremo, who is now down to a final five consisting of Texas, Oregon, Gonzaga, Creighton and Penn State, per a report from CBS Sports’ Joe Rothstein.

After announcing his intent to become a graduate transfer, Cremo was contact by a wide variety of schools, and his list cut left programs such as Arizona, Ohio State, Wichita State, Louisville, Connecticut, West Virginia and Texas Tech on the outside looking in, among others.

“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.”

A 6-foot-4 wing, Cremo led Albany in scoring and assists last season with 17.8 points and 3.8 assists per game, and added 4.1 rebounds per contest, as well.

In three seasons with the Great Danes, Cremo totaled 1,469 points, 440 rebounds, 300 assists, and shot a career 42 percent from the perimeter and 85 percent from the free throw line.

As a grad transfer, Cremo will be eligible immediately at the school of his choice. With Jacob Young and Eric Davis Jr. each leaving the program, Kerwin Roach II testing the NBA waters, and Andrew Jones’ future at Texas uncertain, Cremo would almost certainly become an key contributor in Smart’s rotation from day one.