Apr 24, 2013, 7:32 PM EST
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.
Dec 24, 2014, 6:30 PM EST
The preseason pick to win Big East Freshman of the Year is averaging 11.9 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game for the 9-2 Pirates.
Dec 24, 2014, 4:00 PM EST
What does Duke need to do to remain a title contender this season?
Dec 24, 2014, 3:07 PM EST
He’s made a habit out of cracking jokes at his team’s expense this season.
Dec 24, 2014, 12:26 PM EST
The most surprising players, teams and leagues this season.
Dec 24, 2014, 11:16 AM EST
The Huskies have played a tough schedule thus far, and that will benefit them in conference play.
Dec 24, 2014, 1:05 AM EST
One top-10 team went down on Tuesday night.
Dec 24, 2014, 12:41 AM EST
This is a huge win for a young UNLV team.
Dec 23, 2014, 11:33 PM EST
Wichita State plays George Washington on Christmas night in the Diamond Head Classic championship game.
Dec 23, 2014, 9:38 PM EST
This win might make people start to forget about Stanford’s loss to DePaul.
Dec 23, 2014, 8:56 PM EST
Dwayne Polee II collapsed during Monday night’s game against UC Riverside.
Dec 23, 2014, 8:20 PM EST
Charles Barkley gives a strong reason for why he would openly break an NCAA rule.
Dec 23, 2014, 7:15 PM EST
The Diamond Head Classic had several impressive dunks on Monday.
Dec 23, 2014, 6:00 PM EST
The 6-foot-10 center has not played since Jan. 7.
Dec 23, 2014, 4:34 PM EST
The Cal sophomore guard has been out the past six games.
Dec 23, 2014, 3:33 PM EST
Why Jahlil Okafor is so dangerous in the post, Ron Baker’s role change and some love for Ty Wallace.
Dec 23, 2014, 2:45 PM EST
These are sick.
Dec 23, 2014, 1:15 PM EST
What do the Cardinals need to change as we head into the New Year?
Dec 23, 2014, 12:28 PM EST
It will be a decent night of hoops before a three-day break.
Dec 23, 2014, 11:30 AM EST
The emergence of Joel Berry a key for UNC this season.
Dec 23, 2014, 11:12 AM EST
The issue is reportedly booster cash during the team’s trip to the Bahamas.
- New Year’s Resolutions: Duke Blue Devils 0
- The ten biggest surprises in college basketball in 2014-2015 1
- New Year’s Resolutions: UConn Huskies 0
- Player of the Year Power Rankings: Jahlil Okafor remains on top 1
- New Year’s Resolutions: Louisville Cardinals 0
- North Carolina, Marcus Paige remain confident because the emergence of freshman guard 0
- Late Night Snacks: Temple blows out Kansas, Purdue loses to Gardner-Webb 0
- No. 1 Kentucky dismantles UCLA (6)
- Kentucky still has one more major test to pass this season and it might not come against Louisville (5)
- Lauren Hill’s playing career over, to become honorary coach (3)
- Weekend Preview: A loaded Saturday slate highlights the weekend (3)
- One suitor for Duke transfer hopes to land him despite not having an available scholarship (3)