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Indiana junior guard Maurice Creek to transfer

Apr 24, 2013, 7:32 PM EDT

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The road back was a long and arduous one for Indiana guard Maurice Creek, who missed all or part of three seasons due to various injuries before finally getting cleared for the 2012-13 season.

But Creek didn’t see much playing time last season, playing in 24 games and averaging just 7.8 minutes per contest for the Big Ten regular season champions.

Yet despite roster turnover that includes the departure of guards Jordan Hulls and Victor Oladipo, Creek has made the decision to transfer to another school after completing his undergraduate studies next week.

The news was first reported by Zach Osterman of InsideIndiana.com and later confirmed in a statement released by Indiana. According multiple reports Creek and his family hope to find a school close to his hometown of Oxon Hill, Md.

“With his graduation coming up next week, Maurice and his family have decided to pursue an opportunity where he can find the type of role that would provide him the minutes he desires and is accustomed to,” said Crean. “In all my time as a coach, I have never witnessed someone overcoming the adversity that Maurice had sustained during his time. His attitude, ability to continue to work and his passion for the game of basketball have never wavered. He has been an integral part of our basketball family and will always remain that in our eyes and and should also in the eyes of Hoosier Nation.”

Creek’s most notable moment came during his freshman season when he scored 31 points against Kentucky. But his 2009-10 campaign would end after just 12 games due to a fractured kneecap, and after working hard to return to the court his sophomore campaign was cut short after 18 games due to a stress fracture in his knee.

And if those two injury-shortened seasons weren’t tough enough Creek had to redshirt last season after rupturing his Achilles a month prior to the start of the season.

Creek’s departure leaves Indiana with just two scholarship guards heading into the 2013-14 season: rising sophomore point guard Yogi Ferrell and incoming freshman Stanford Robinson.

As a graduate student Creek will be eligible to play immediately at his next school, and given all he’s been through in his four years of college basketball hopefully Creek remains healthy throughout the season.

Raphielle also writes for the NBE Basketball Report and can be followed on Twitter at @raphiellej.

  1. xli2006 - Apr 24, 2013 at 11:06 PM

    A lot of IU fans saw this coming even though we all rooted for him despite not being able to regain his step.

    Creek started out his Freshman season as one of the leading players for FOY averaging nearly 17 pts/game and shooting 45% from 3. He went off for 33 against UK.

    Then the endless injuries started. And didnt stop. He found himself buried on the depth chart and always rehabbing.

    With a 6 man Top 5 ranked class coming in, Creek’s minutes would still be very limited. He has a kid and is transferring closer to home.

    Sorry to see him go after such an unfortunate career. Good kid, handled terrible injuries as well as one can.

    Best of luck to him, but probably for the better for both IU and Creek.

    It will be interesting to see if IU makes a push for Freeman (recently decomitted from UCLA) who played with both Troy Williams and Stanford Robinson who are in this incoming class.

  2. jpopejoy - Apr 24, 2013 at 11:14 PM

    Good luck Creek! You’ll always be a Hoosier and I’m glad he got his degree at IU!!

  3. simonkuntz - Apr 25, 2013 at 2:43 AM

    Time for Hollowell to step up!

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