Bobby Cremins’ nephew is “big shot” in high school

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Austin Cremins is a “big shot,” and it has nothing to do with family ties to one of the most famous names in Atlanta basketball history.

The Blessed Trinity point guard is the nephew of Bobby Cremins, the former Georgia Tech coach. The elder Cremins now guides the College of Charleston, which pulled off an upset over No. 9 North Carolina on Monday.

Meanwhile, the younger Cremins had 14 points, including four 3-pointers, in a 78-25 win over Cross Keys on Tuesday. The game was never close enough for the 5-foot-8, 140-pound senior to build on his legacy.

What is Cremins known for at the Roswell Catholic school? Making game-winning shots at the buzzer. Since cracking into the starting lineup last year, Cremins has had three dramatic buzzer beaters. He did it against Etowah and Buford last year, along with Pace Academy this season.

"Little Cremins" has three buzzer beaters (AJC)

"Little Cremins" has three buzzer beaters (AJC)

“I’m not sure really how to explain it,” Blessed Trinity coach Brian Marks said. “Some players go their entire careers without a game-winning shot at the buzzer, and Austin has already done it three times. It’s really amazing.”

Cremins’ last-minute heroics have become the source of humor among the Titans (8-3), which are ranked No. 5 in Class AA.

“After the first time, Coach told me to ‘enjoy the moment because it may never happen again in your lifetime.’ After the second time, he said just about the same thing. The third time? Well, he didn’t say anything after that game. Maybe they are hoping I will do it again or something.”

Cremins reminds old-timers of the way his uncle played the game on the New York playgrounds and later at the University of South Carolina. He is never the most athletic player on the court, but compensates with his fearless play and basketball smarts.

“We weren’t good shooters, but Austin is a decent shooter and my daughter Kimmy (junior at Blessed Trinity) is a very good shooter,” said his father, John Cremins, who is a dead-ringer for his brother with the gray hair and well-defined cheek bones. “Austin plays hard like my brother did. He’s real scrappy and knows the game of basketball very well.”

The Cremins brothers remain close, and “Uncle Bobby” tries to attend at least one Blessed Trinity game each year. He watched the team’s loss to No. 1 Greater Atlanta Christian last month. GAC’s top player, 6-7 swingman Trent Wiedman, has signed with the College of Charleston.

Ausitn said many of his teammates and peers aren’t that familiar with his celebrity relative, who last coached at Georgia Tech for the 2000 season. “Unless it’s a Georgia Tech fan. When they make the connection, they usually get pretty excited.”

Cremins averages 10 points and 8 assists for Blessed Trinity, which has four new starters after last year’s team reached the state championship, losing to Dublin. His coach has known about him since the fourth grade.

“He came to our camp and was eating up all the kids, dribbling around them,” Marks recalled with a laugh. “His team won a game 34-4, with ‘Little Cremins’ scoring 32 of the 34 points. We thought about moving him up with the seventh-graders, but we didn’t.”

Cremins is being recruited by several small schools, and is also considering walking on at the College of Charleston.

7 comments Add your comment


January 6th, 2010
7:13 am

You know what a a great day for the Cremins, beating No 9 North Carolina in Charleston, biggest game ever up there….wow, congrats to Bobby and the family


January 6th, 2010
10:03 am

I’m a Tar Heel, but I love BC. That makes the loss a little easier to take, even though I know the Tar Heels have issues, and I can accept them. You can’t lose great underclassmen every year without having some missing tools from time to time. The upside is that there are some very good tools out there that will find their way into the UNC box next season.


January 6th, 2010
12:01 pm

Only because he is B Cremins nephew, you need to get from behind the DESK go and see JOHNATHON McCRARY AT CEDAR GROVE and then you will see BIG time talent,oh yea JUST A 9TH GRADER,6′4″ point guard and A BIG time QB ON THE FOOTBALL TEAM.


January 6th, 2010
2:41 pm

you can keep Hewitt & staff as recruiters.


January 6th, 2010
2:43 pm

Hey! your nephew can walk on at GT.
Duane Morris gave his son a full ride when I was there.
If I remember correctly his son averaged 1.2 ppg and 0.4 rpg in highschool.

Mickey Featherstone

January 6th, 2010
7:39 pm

The good IRISH people remember “Cakes Cremins” from Highbridge, it’s good to see the blood back on the hardwood!


July 27th, 2011
12:58 pm