A bombshell dropped Thursday, that will change the face of the UAlbany men’s basketball team.
The junior backcourt duo of Joe Cremo and David Nichols plan to transfer in the pursuit of playing at a higher level.
Cremo’s always been a local favorite as a graduate of Scotia-Glenville High School.
He led the team in scoring with nearly 18 points per game this season, and will leave UAlbany as the program’s eighth all-time leading scorer.
He says he expects to get his release from UAlbany on Monday.
Cremo needs two online courses this summer to graduate early, and then he can look for another team.
“For me I just wanted to compete at the highest level and take a chance. It might be a little bit of a gamble, but at the end of the day, I’m 21 now and I’m just trying to take a chance on myself because I really feel like I can compete with anyone. So just got to sometimes go with your gut and to me it just came down to what makes me happy and just I want to enjoy playing the game I love and take a chance at a program that’s going to want to take a chance on me,” Cremo said.
As for Nichols, according to his father, he also plans to graduate from UAlbany, which means he will not have to sit out a year as a grad transfer.
Nichols averaged nearly 15 points per game as a junior, 18 as a sophomore.
With Nichols and Cremo leaving, in addition to Grieg Stire and Travis Charles graduating, the team loses its top four scorers.