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Injury-plagued Creek to transfer from IU

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– Indiana senior guard Maurice Creek will graduate next week and look to transfer elsewhere for his final season of eligibility, the university announced Wednesday.

After a career riddled with injuries and a junior season without many minutes, Creek has an opportunity to transfer as a fifth-year player and play immediately at another program, per NCAA eligibility rules for players who have graduated with remaining eligibility.

Multiple reports by 247Sports.com and Rivals.com suggest Creek will look to transfer closer to his native Maryland.

“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,” IU coach Tom Crean said in a statement. “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 should also in the eyes of Hoosier Nation.”

In the midst of a promising freshman season that put him in the top five of scoring among rookie college players, Creek broke his leg in a blowout win against Bryant University just before conference play began. He attempted a comeback the following year, only to tear his Achilles tendon.

Creek averaged 7.8 minutes and 1.8 points in his final season as a Hoosier. His playing time never returned to pre-injury levels because of a stacked roster and the difficulties of returning to full health.

Creek’s departure puts the Hoosiers under the NCAA scholarship limit by one. IU could look to add depth at guard, likely with a fifth-year transfer player from another university.

smorrison@jg.net

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