ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – As the winter season rolls along, Scotia graduate Joe Cremo is gaining both confidence and playing time at the University at Albany.
Cremo is a freshman, but he’s becoming an important piece of the Great Danes star backcourt.
“It’s nice to see a kid at that age come in here as a freshman, and in those moments his willingness to take important shots and his confidence to knock them down,” UAlbany head coach Will Brown said.
“That’s what I try and do every night,” Cremo said. “Go out there and play with a lot of confidence, trust myself, and trust the way I’ve played the last few years.”
That trust has led to production, and in turn, more minutes. He’s a guy that kept Peter Hooley on the bench. He’s played well enough that their best player watched the majority of the second half.
Taking time away from an all-conference backcourt could start problems within some teams, but that doesn’t seem to be the case here, yet.
“Joe’s very competitive, and he can play basketball so if he sees a lane, take it,” senior guard Evan Singletary said. “I tell him all the time. I get mad at him when he don’t shoot.”
Because in the end, Cremo’s team knows he cares about one thing, and it’s not his playing time.
“He is a winner,” Brown said. “That’s all he really cares about.”
“I hate to lose in anything,” Cremo said. “And they call me crazy but that’s just how I am. I hate to lose.”