Maurice Creek to transfer for final season of eligibility

Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE

Maurice Creek to transfer for final season of eligibility

Tom Crean announced Wednesday that Maurice Creek, who graduates next week, will not play for the Hoosiers next season. Creek will look to play his final season immediately at another school and begin work on a graduate degree.

“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,” Crean said in a release.

Maurice CreekDuring his Indiana career, Creek averaged 7.2 points in 54 games, including a memorable 31-point effort against Kentucky as a freshman.

But injuries derailed Creek’s once-promising career. He suffered season-ending injuries to both knees and also tore an Achilles’ tendon during an offseason. To no surprise, the guard was never the same player who showed so much potential as a freshman.

“I want to thank Hoosier Nation for their support during my four years at IU,” Creek said. “I am grateful that Coach Crean gave me the opportunity to come to Indiana University. As much as anyone, he has helped me turn from a boy into a man. I feel like I would have a better opportunity for more playing time at another school where I can be eligible right away.”

Creek is the seventh player from last year’s Big Ten championship team to leave the Hoosiers, joining Derek Elston, Jordan Hulls and Christian Watford (graduation), Victor Oladipo and Cody Zeller (NBA) and Remy Abell (transfer).

Here are Creek’s career stats:

2009-10 Ind 12 12 25.4 16.4 3.8 1.8 1.4 0.4 1.5 1.8 .527 .448 .763
2010-11 Ind 18 13 20.0 8.3 2.4 1.2 0.2 0.2 1.4 2.2 .389 .310 .808
2012-13 Ind 24 0 7.8 1.8 0.9 0.4 0.3 0.1 0.3 0.5 .288 .323 .800
Career 54 25 15.8 7.2 2.1 1.0 0.5 0.2 0.9 1.4 .430 .363 .783

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