Maurice Creek

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Maurice Creek
No. 8 – Port of Den Helder Kings
Position Shooting guard
League DBL
Personal information
Born (1990-08-16) August 16, 1990 (age 24)
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Listed weight 195 lb (88 kg)
Career information
High school Hargrave Military Academy
(Chatham, Virginia)
College Indiana (2009–2013)
George Washington (2013–2014)
NBA draft 2014 / Undrafted
Pro career 2014–present
Career history
2014–present Port of Den Helder Kings
Career highlights and awards
  • Third team All-A10 (2014)

Maurice Creek (born August 16, 1990) is a basketball who currently plays for Port of Den Helder Kings.He played four seasons collegiate for the Indiana Hoosiers and one season for the George Washington Colonials.

High school[edit]

Creek graduated from Hargrave Military Academy, where he averaged 18.4 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals, and 2 blocks per game, leading his team to a 27-2 record.[1] As a junior he played first at Oxon Hill High School in Maryland where he averaged 22.3 points per game, and then transferred to South Kent Prep School where he averaged 21.5 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists. He was named a First-Team Prep School All-American and played in the Reebok All-American game and the Derby Festival. Scout.com ranked Creek as the #9 shooting guard in the 2009 class and #45 in the class overall, while Rivals.com ranked him the 59th best prospect in class overall and the #16 shooting guard in the class. ESPN ranked him as the #15 shooting guard in his class and #61 in the class overall. In the summer he played AAU basketball for Triple Threat.

College career[edit]

Creek chose to play collegiate basketball for the Indiana University Hoosiers and major in sport communication broadcast, turning down offers from Marquette, Maryland, Pittsburgh and Texas. Upon committing to Indiana he said among his goals was to "try to get to the national championship to show everybody that Indiana is alive and is always going to be alive for the rest of the time we live."[2]

"It is really hard to put into context what has happened with him. But the one thing that I can put into context is that he is one tough young man. He embodies the spirit that we want this program to be about. When you look at a situation where, not only has he had one major injury and surgery, not only has he had two major injuries and surgeries, but he has now had three in less than 22 months."

—Coach Tom Crean (October 24, 2011).[3]

As a freshman during the 2009-10 season, Creek started the first 12 games of the year before suffering a season-ending injury. In the team's game against Kentucky that year he scored 31 points on 9-of-14 shooting, including 5-of-8 from behind the arc. Following that game he was the top scoring freshman in the country with a 17.3 point average through the first nine games. In seven straight games he scored in double figures and, prior to his injury, was in early discussions for freshman of the year honors.

As a sophomore during the 2010-11 season Creek played in 18 games and started 13 before once again suffering a season-ending injury, this time a stress fracture in his knee that required surgery. Remarkably, just days before the Hoosiers reached the official start of practice for the 2011-12 season, Creek suffered yet another injury, this time a torn left Achilles. The injury was his third within 22 months and caused him to sit out the entire season. As a result Creek decided to redshirt and is now considered part of the 2014 graduating class with Victor Oladipo and Will Sheehey.

In June 2013, he transferred to The George Washington University for his final year of eligibility,[4] where he became the team's leading scorer and hit a buzzer beater to defeat the Maryland Terrapins.[5]

Professional career[edit]

In September 2014, Creek signed with Port of Den Helder Kings of the Dutch DBL.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Maurice Creek Profile". Indiana University Athletic Department. Retrieved 7 April 2012. 
  2. ^ Bozich, Alex (7 August 2008). "Q & A: Maurice Creek". Inside the Hall. Retrieved 7 April 2012. 
  3. ^ Grimala, Mike. "Meet the high school stars who plan to resurrect IU hoops". Inside the Hall. Retrieved 7 April 2012. 
  4. ^ Standig, Ben. "Exclusive: Former IU transfer Creek to GW". Comcast sportsnet. Retrieved 9 June 2013. 
  5. ^ Giles, Matt. "Back on His Feet and Leading a New Team". New York Times. Retrieved 1 March 2014. 
  6. ^ Wop van Eis (8 September 2014). "Maurice Creek derde Amerikaan voor Den Helder Kings". DenHelderActueel.nl (in Dutch). Retrieved 8 September 2014.