No program is feeling the hit of players transferring up a level more than Albany.

Gone from the Great Danes are two of their top three scorers: junior guards Joe Cremo and David Nichols.

Cremo is off to Villanova to help the defending national champs stay in contention for the title after he averaged 17.8 points a game last season. Nichols will take his 14 points per game average to 2018 Elite Eight participant Florida State.


Cremo and Nichols made 76 and 57 3s, respectively, last season — shots that can easily translate from the America East to the Big East and ACC.

But guess who isn’t whining or complaining about the trend of players being groomed to leave and finish their careers at a higher level?

Albany coach Will Brown.

Brown is not lamenting the changing tide in the sport one bit.

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